The Lord’s lamp sheds light on a person’s life, searching the innermost parts.—Proverbs 20:27
Most of us (myself included) are not good at observing ourselves and reflecting honestly on what goes on beneath the surface of our lives. Why is this so? I think one of the reasons is fear—fear of the unknown, fear of losing control, fear of spoiling a comfortable existence, or fear of having to face some unpleasant discoveries about ourselves. I have met many Christians in my time who adopt this attitude: however things are, good or bad, they could be worse, so it is better to leave well enough alone.
When we read the Bible, however, we discover texts like the one before us today, showing us that God has designed us with the ability to explore our deepest parts. We also hear men like the psalmist crying out to God: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way” (Ps 139:23-24).
I want to stress that too much introspection is unhealthy, but occasionally and in proper doses it is “good medicine.” Those who resist this and pretend everything is well when it isn’t are what a friend of mine calls “ostrich Christians.” They have peace, but it is a peace built on unreality. When they lift their heads out of the sand, the peace they possess somehow falls to pieces. God’s peace can keep our hearts and minds intact while we face whatever is true—outside and inside.
Father, save me from becoming an “ostrich Christian”—someone who pretends everything is well when it isn’t. Nothing must be allowed to hinder the work that You want to do in my heart. Corner my soul and make me what You want me to be. Amen.
Mk 2:1-8; Mt 12:25; Lk 6:8; Jn 2:25
How deeply did Jesus see into people’s lives?
How deeply do you let Him penetrate into your life?