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May 14

Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

It is my conviction that one of the things we humans shy away from is to be truly known. I’m speaking of more than just surface, like “How are you?” “Fine” kind of talk, but deeply known. We tend to shy away from being seen as an “open book.”

Granted, there are exceptions to the rule. Always are. There are those who just sort of regurgitate everything to others. Extroverts (like me) tend to be much more open than introverts. But most of us will allow others to see only so much, then we shut the door. We tend to wear masks that cover the truth in our hearts.

The most probing mirror though is being honest and opening our heart to God’s searchlight. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Ps.139:23-24). Another verse that applies a bit more pressure says, “How can I know the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.” (Ps. 19:12).  When God’s searchlight hits the darkness, our inner man is revealed. “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” (Heb. 4:12-13).

Masks are dropped and the truth revealed who we really are when we ask God to search our hearts. There is no hiding since God sees us as we are. The psalmist also came to that conclusion with the last words of chapter 19: “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (verse 14)

We can choose to be a closed and locked diary or an open book. Either way God sees who we really are. Make it easier on your heart and choose the “Open.”

{Note: All Scripture is from the New Living Translation}