Story of the Day for Thursday October 13, 2011
God’s Thorough Inspection
Search me, O God, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any displeasing way in me. And lead me in the everlasting way.
When I was in high school, my best friend’s older brother used to buy old, rusty tractors – the kind that had been sitting in the rain behind the barn for ages. He loved to take them apart, and carefully clean and fix each part and then get the engine running again. Once he got those old tractors running he would remove the rust and re-paint them. The satisfaction he found in restoration tractors was obvious.
For some reason, we seldom find that same kind of satisfaction in doing repairs on our souls. We’re reluctant to look under the hood because we’re afraid of what we might find. But, even worse, do you ever feel uneasy about what God would think if he lifted the hood and noticed we’re not running on all cylinders?
What is it, then, that King David invites God to take a look at what is going on in his heart? Even though his mind is a jumble of anxious thoughts, he wants God to see them. He wants God to do an inspection and find out if anything in him is displeasing to the Lord. And, if so, he asks for help in fixing it.
Our natural impulse is to want to hide our faults and vices – from God, from others, and even from ourselves. But the only way we can have David’s boldness to invite God to examine the depths of our lives is if we know he’s not going to hurt us. David knew a holy God, a God who hates evil, yet does not want to destroy evildoers. Instead, he wants to remove the sin from our lives and restore us.
You can’t know the boldness of asking God to examine your life until you first know that he wants to do a repair job on you – not tow you to the junkyard.
Why don’t you try it? Ask God to do a thorough inspection of your life: your thoughts, your motives, your behavior, your priorities. He will show you why you’re overheating, or why you’re losing power on the steep hills. But don’t ever forget: he is there to get you back in good running order.
(copyright by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)