“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 NASB
David wrote these words because he knew in himself he had no ability to guide his own life. He knew he needed God to point out to him if there was anything wrong in his life because he, like us, seem to have a difficult time being completely honest with ourselves. Without the illumination of the Holy Spirit we will make excuses for ourselves, but thank God he loves us and wants us to be clear with him so he shows us the truth.
The Apostle Paul told us in Romans 8 that the Spirit helps us when we don’t know how to pray. He said, “the Spirit himself intercedes for us… because he that searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is.” Christ in us knows how to open the path for our hearts to commune with God unhindered. Our job is to let him be the one to do it.
Jesus told us the Spirit will “convict the world of sin and righteousness and judgment.” He is the Spirit of truth therefore he will lead us into the truth and glorify Christ by revealing things to us. He is our enlightener for all things concerning our relationship to God. If we were left to ourselves we would be in quite a bit of trouble. There would always be something we forgot or conveniently left out of our confession.
Our job according to 1 John is to “walk in the light as he is in the light.” We are to walk in the light we understand at the time, and as we go along he will bring things to our hearts and minds that we deal with but until he does we just continue the walk. He’ll let us know if there is something between us that needs straightened out. It’s all about faith and trusting him. Just like we believed the message of the cross in order to be born again now we just believe he will let us know if there is a hindrance. My friend Brian Coatney says he lives in green lights. Occasionally there may be a yellow caution and maybe a red, but unless there is he just keeps on in the green. God has his ways of getting our attention and usually it’s gentle at first and only becomes a little more aggressive if we fail to heed the message.
Let me just end by saying I believe as a child of God it may take some trial and error in order to learn God’s voice. We may in fact miss it from time to time, but ultimately we have to believe God loves us and wants a relationship with us even more than we do with him. While having some quiet time in prayer and meditation is a good thing; biblically we aren’t told to spend time in introspection. We spend some time to let God speak to us as David did. We say, “Search me, O God…” We let him be the one to tell us and if he doesn’t seem to be showing us sin in our lives we simply take the leap of faith and believe it’s because it isn’t there.
Written by Louie