Daily Devotional Bible Verse
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
(Psalm 139:23-24 ESV)
Relationships take time. And as time passes we can decide whether we want to go to the next level with a person and eventually open up to them. This doesn’t have to be a boyfriend or girlfriend thing, but can be with almost anyone.
We all have someone we can tell our deepest and darkest secrets to, knowing they can keep our confidence. These friends know when there is something wrong with us even when others don’t. They have been our friends for so long they can sense our mood without even talking to us. Those who are outside of this circle don’t really know us, at least not like our closest friends. We might tell them what is going on in our life, but we usually let them know all of the good. We almost wear a mask for them. This is fine, we don’t want to know what every one’s baggage is. Just our good friends.
Ironically, sometimes we try to wear this mask for Jesus. When we pray, we might ask him to forgive us of our little sins and ask for good things to happen to us, but we never ask him to search us. We don’t tell him to look deep down in our heart and see if there is anything we are doing wrong. This gets uncomfortable. When Holy Spirit searches us and convicts us of sin, we rationalize it away. Or, we have been living our life with a particular sin for so long that it just becomes a part of us and we are calloused to it. We forget that Jesus already knows what is in our hearts (John 2:23).
Jesus is waiting for us to allow him to invade our hearts and cleanse us of those grievous ways. We can’t hide our sins from Jesus, only keep them from Him. And by holding our sin so tightly, we do nothing but embrace our own death, while pushing away the author of life. We should daily pray as the Psalmist does and ask god to search our hearts.
Have you let Jesus look into your heart lately?