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A Timely Request

Drug traffickers from Central and South America are constantly looking for ways to move drugs across our borders undetected. They hide them inside of tires, in seats, in gas tanks and other hard-to-find areas. Drug-sniffing dogs have been trained to ferret out concealed drugs. But drug trafficking methods have become so sophisticated even those dogs are often unable to detect the presence of drugs.

Drug traffickers do NOT welcome searches. They’d rather border officials just wave them in after a casual glance without scrutinizing a vehicle’s contents. In the spiritual realm, it’s amazing how many of those who name the name of Christ would rather Jesus forego any in-depth scrutiny of their lives. 

David made this request: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24). His request was five-fold: SEARCH, KNOW, TRY, SEE and LEAD. 

In Psalm 23, David affirmed his God LEADS him beside the still waters (23:2), and LEADS him in the paths of righteousness (23:3). Every sheep NEEDS leadership; but not every sheep WELCOMES it. But if a man or woman truly desires to be LED of God, they MUST be willing to undergo a thorough SEARCH by the One whose leadership they seek. 

The word “search” means “to investigate, examine thoroughly.” The word “try” means "to prove, to scrutinize, to assay (as to ascertain the purity of gold).” When one requests all the power of heaven be brought to bear upon his thought life, to expose ANY wicked way, he better be prepared to deal with God’s findings. 

David asks God to “know” his heart and thoughts. Earlier in the Psalm, David affirmed: “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off” (139:2). David is clearly NOT asking God to DISCOVER flaws in his thinking, but rather to DISCLOSE to David what he already knows to be true of him. 

In real life, searches are usually time-consuming. If you enlist a housing inspector to inspect a property prior to purchase, expect that inspector (if he does a thorough job) to spend at least half a day checking lights, plumbing, roof, attic, foundation, etc. In a few days he’ll deliver a written report of the findings along with photographs. It will enable the prospective buyer to demand certain repairs be made BEFORE signing a contract. 

Likewise, if one requests a divine inspection of his thoughts and resultant behavior, he better be prepared to spend as much time with God as necessary (in prayer and the scriptures) to learn what needs to be FIXED before he can walk in close fellowship with God. The request for a divine search begins with ME—NOT with the guy across the street, NOT with the political class, NOT with the preacher or hypocrites in the church. And when God completes his search and delivers his report, the one searched will have his hands full with the fixes.text


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