God Calling this morning reminds me that the Lord is near and not separated by distance. Rather, it is attitude, thought, etc. that create distance between us. It is essentially the same as in our earthly relationships when we harbor resentment, use harsh and hurtful words or actions with each other, hide things from one another, etc. These all create distance between us. That’s why the Bible tells us to speak the truth to one another in love and to be loving and kind toward each other, bestowing the greater honor on the other. God is love and love is patient, kind, always rejoicing in right and not wrongdoing; always enduring, hoping, believing. He never changes, so when my relationship with Him isn’t right, I need to look within myself. I need to look for “hidden” faults and sins. I need to go to God and ask Him to show me any hidden faults and sins that may be within me. Jesus made a couple of very profound statements in John 5:31-40. He was talking to the Jews who wanted to find fault with and persecute Him.
First, He told them that if He bore witness to Himself, His witness would not be true-or accurate-but that the Father could bear witness to Him and the Father’s witness would be true. Imagine that! Jesus, Lord Almighty, was saying,” I don’t know myself as well as my Heavenly Father knows Me. ” That’s true for every one of us. Now, the Bible tells us that He was perfect and without sin. But in the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed, asking God to remove the cup from Him. I don’t doubt for one minute that He was willing to die for us. But perhaps He was overcome with the pain of it all, or perhaps He doubted for just a moment, His ability and strength to get through it. That is certainly plausible if He was tempted with every sin known to us and familiar with all that we experience in the way of emotion.
Then He said, “You search the scriptures that you might have life, but you refuse to come to Me.” Only God knows our hearts. He knows every little “nook and cranny”, every hidden sin. He knows those that we’re trying to hide, and He knows the ones we’re not even aware of. And, if God knows us better than we know ourselves, He knows how to deal with those things better than we do. That’s why it’s so important to bring it all to Him; to confess our sins. David prayed and asked God to create a clean heart in him; and asked in another prayer for God to search his heart and try him and to show him his hidden faults.
This message causes me to check not only my relationship with the Lord, and my heart in regard to Him-my attitudes, mindset, etc., but also with others in regard to them, and to what’s going on around me. Some days I do better than others.