Search me, O God, and know my heart,
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139: 23-34
It occurred to me last night that our journeying with God is like a flight to a far away land. A place we have heard of yet, we have never been there. We are excited to go but a little nervous too. As excited travelers we study our guide book, the Bible, and wait in eager anticipation to experience all the things we've read about.
As I read this verse, I thought of everything we as travelers must do to board an airplane in this age of homeland security and terror threats.
It is simply not enough to say we have a paid ticket.
Our identity must be verified.
Revelation 21:27 says:
But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles,
or causes an abomination or a lie,
but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
We must be searched, examined, sometimes humiliated, temporarily stripped of our possessions, and dignity.
We stand in lines for hours, shoes in hand, with coats and belts off.
Yet, we travelers endure it. Why?
Because where we are going (us to Hawaii in July for example),
the purpose with which we go (to relax, have fun, and simply be together) ,
and the people we will be with (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and new friends)
are more important than momentary inconveniences and temporary embarrassment.
In other words, we want to get on that plane!
As believers, we have a greater destination than even Hawaii (nice as it is) yet we often balk when the Lord needs to search us and examine our hearts and motives.
We'd rather pray, "Search them, O God and know his heart and test her and see if she has any offensive way."
Ah, but the psalmist David knew the secret to "getting on the plane," to being "led in the way everlasting." He knew he must be searched so that anything offensive in him could be removed.
As we enter into a new year, I pray that we would surrender ourselves up to the loving, albeit thorough, scrutiny of God to be purged of all that defiles us so He can lead us to our final destination--
His throne of grace.
May the Lord bless you this new year and stir your heart to His coming.