God does not judge our actions but the motive behind our actions. When Samuel was reluctant to go and anoint Saul’s successor, God told him to say he was going to sacrifice at Bethlehem. It wasn’t a lie as he did sacrifice but the main assignment he went for was what God was concerned about; to anoint David which was the motive of the journey.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:28 “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart”. Here Jesus is talking about the motive for an action rather than the action. In law court, the motive of crimes is also judged. In our text, Amaziah actions were right but the motive behind his actions was not pure. This could not have been known by the carnal mind but by the Spirit of God.
To be acceptable to God always, you must always judge the motive behind any action you are taking. You can successfully deceive everybody but you cant deceive yourself. If what you are doing is to receive applauds of people like what politicians do, you have already received your reward but if it is from a genuine heart like when David was dancing almost naked when the Ark of Covenant was brought to Jerusalem and which brought him rebuke from close quarters, you will receive commendation from God.
The message is whatever you are doing, let it come from a genuine and sincere heart. If you discover some wrong deed or thought in your life even without anybody been aware of it, genuinely repent from it 2 Corinthians 7:10 “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death”.
Prayer point: Father Lord help me to always maintain a right heart with You always.