“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalm 139:23-24 NIV
A Call To: Prepare
Have you ever noticed how a vast majority of posts on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat are presented in the most positive light with the most interesting information? Probably because a choice is made to tell only what you want others to know. You take care in what you let others see. Admittedly I have omitted photos that I didn’t think were flattering and have often skipped posting on the challenging things in my life. But when I have been vulnerable and shared struggles, it’s been a huge connecting opportunity and there are benefits.
The Lord gives you this choice as well. He is not going to pry in your life, but you can ask Him to look at you beyond your pictures and posts to expose the things that you need to work on. When you do, He is not going to think less of you. He wants to help you make changes that will prepare you for eternity while you are here on earth.
As you continue to focus on preparing your heart for Lent, you can choose to move beyond letting God only see your face to letting Him see your heart so that He can help, heal and guide you. Don’t be afraid or ashamed of what He will find. He loves you unconditionally and actually already knows. So take courage in knowing that whatever He exposes and reveals to you is for your benefit and He has a remedy to help you so that you will grow!
Reflection: Have you be superficial in your conversations with God? Have you had the courage to ask God to search your heart? What will you do today to open yourself up to the Lord?
Praise + Prayer: God, thank you for wanting to lead me. I want to be vulnerable and put my guard down so that You can search me. There is nothing that is in me that will surprise You because You know everything. But I thank You that You don’t want to force a relationship with me but You give me a choice. Thank you that You have an unending devotion to me because You love me and want to help me walk the path that leads to my eternal home with You. I pray right now that You will search my heart, test me, know my anxious thoughts and see if there is any offensive way in me. I want to know and I want You to lead me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.