23-24 Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life. Ps. 139:23-24 (MSG)
It takes guts to pray the above prayer. Most of us don’t want to face the truth of who we really are. And in fact go great lengths at times to hide the darker side of ourselves, from others, and even from ourselves. My pastor last Sunday challenged us to do just that. To have God examine us and see if there was any wrong in us. Whether deeds, motives, or actions.
There are some people that have such an intense time facing who they really are that they try their best to stay busy. One guy I know said he is always looking for the next party. The worst time for these people is when they are alone in the dark and they can’t sleep, their conscience begins to speak. That is probably why these same people medicate themselves before going to bed so they do not have to listen to their inner voice.
That inner voice is doing its job. It’s trying hard to get a person to face truth. Truth they have done some things in life that were wrong and they are in need of having those things forgiven. Another force at work is that of the Holy Spirit. One of his jobs is to draw us to God via the forgiving power of Jesus.
If you find yourself in this situation the only thing to do is yield. Give up trying to write your own religion and accept the relationship that God has already provided. Say to God, “then guide me on the road to eternal life.”
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