“A Deep Search”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, January 25, 2022 comes to us from Carol Harrison of Saskatchewan, Canada.

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

Psalm 139:1-12 NIV
 

“A Deep Search”

One day my husband asked me if I had seen his notepad. I suggested that he check under the cushion of his favorite chair, where things often slide out of sight. He assured me that he had already looked there, but I decided to check again in case the notebook had slipped too deep for his larger hands to reach. I pulled off the seat cushion and found a few crumbs. I put my hand deeper into the chair and pulled out an empty bag, a few old wrappers, some wadded up tissue, several old magazines, and finally a fork – but no notebook.


My search in the chair reminded me of the importance of searching my heart and life. The chair looked clean at first glance. It took a deep search to find the hidden items lurking in the depths. Similarly, others may take a superficial glance at me and not see the crumbs of sinful acts and emotions that hide below the surface. The psalmist begged God to search him and know his heart and anxious thoughts. I need to allow God’s light to shine in the corners of my heart too. God will help me to clean up whatever is there.

 

Friends –

When we search our souls closely and honestly, we probably find moments about which we are not proud; we might even be ashamed. But, when we face those moments and lift them to God, we can be empowered to move forward into God’s future for us. I invite you to consider those moments in your life, and if you haven’t turned them over to God, try to do that, so that you can move into the life God intends for you.

--Pastor bea

 
Prayer:

Dear God, thank you for your steadfast love. Search our hearts and lives and help us always to be obedient to you. Amen.

--Carol Harrison


Prayer Focus:

Gratitude for God’s Love


Thought for the Day:

God’ light can illumine even the darkest corners of my life.

 

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.

Psalm 139:23-24 NIV