When a truth bomb uncovers the offensive part of us
One of the memory verses we’ve been working on as a church is Psalm 139:23-24. That verse blew up in my face last month. The verse goes like this:
Search me, 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.
I was going about my business recently, contemplating a difficult decision that involved others. I was nursing some “righteous indignation” and felt like I had reached an appropriate decision and response. The next morning the verse above came uninvited into my mind. “See if there is any offensive way in me.” I flinched. I squirmed. And I knew that my way was offensive. Oh, I knew I could justify it. But I knew the truth.
Since we began the “Celebration Challenge” of memorizing 25 verses in one year, I’ve made it clear WHY we’re doing this. It’s so we can have God’s “truth, power and wisdom” available when we need it. In that moment last month, the truth of God’s word went off like a bomb in my mind. And when the smoke cleared, I could see the offensive way.
In case you’re wondering, yes, I DID change my decision. Grudgingly at first. But I did.
Like you, I’m in process. And I hope that you, too, are able to allow God’s “truth, power and wisdom” to work in your life. If you have any of your own stories to share in this matter, please use the comment box below.
And plan to join us this weekend for our new series, “Great Expectations.” What exactly do we expect from Jesus? What SHOULD we expect from him? To fix our problems? To make us feel better? To deliver us from our enemies? Hope to see you there!
P.S. Dads, get your tickets today for the Father-Daughter Dance! Time’s running out.