We are all sinners. We all need Jesus! When we face our sin, we are to turn to Jesus with repentant hearts and we are forgiven. The question then is what about the sin’s we don’t know about? The sins we cannot see?
The Psalmist asked God to provide cleansing from “hidden faults.” He admitted that he was unable to “know all the sins lurking in (his) heart.” God knows all, and He can see everything within our hearts. He could see that David had a heart for Him. We know that the Lord searches our hearts and examines our minds (Jeremiah 17:10)
Today, pray like the Psalmist. Remember, that you cannot see like God sees and you cannot think as God thinks (1 Samuel 16:7, Isaiah 55:8). Even you cannot understand everything that is within you. Ask Him to cleanse you of any hidden faults—to reveal to you any sin issues and wash you clean.
“How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.” – Psalm 19:12 [NLT]
There are moments in life when I need to be given a swift kick to get going. Remember Moses making excuses again and again when God called him to lead the people out of Egypt? Well Moses isn’t the only one who knows how to drag feet. I’m sure we all have been there; my toes have scars.
When Israel wanted a king and chose a human over God, Samuel was upset. Then Saul was anointed king and he did not follow in God’s ways. God then told Samuel that Saul would no longer be king, that He would select a man after his own heart to rule His people. We can sit back and see why God wanted a new king anointed and not feel the sadness, the fear, the frustration of Samuel. This was something Samuel never wanted to do the first time, and now he was going to have to do it again. What would Saul do? Why again? And he moped.
God told Samuel to get going. Get going. Get going. Is there something that is keeping you from moving forward? Perhaps God has something waiting for you to start or to finish, but you are dragging your feet. You are making excuses. You are moping. Repeat these words—get going. Get going. God has a great plan. Trust Him and get going.
“GOD addressed Samuel: ‘So, how long are you going to mope over Saul? You know I’ve rejected him as king over Israel. Fill your flask with anointing oil and get going. I’m sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I’ve spotted the very king I want among his sons.’”
-1 Samuel 16:1 [MSG]
I do not think we can picture people as God pictures them because we look only outwardly and He sees the heart. We also look at the person’s present condition, and He looks at what He made them to be—a work-in-progress, a person under construction to be something so much more. He has this beautiful plan but we live with eyes that do not focus on His big plan. Our eyes often focus on ourselves.
When God looked at David, He looked into the heart. He did not see a young shepherd, the smallest in the family. He did not look at David’s current situation, his outward appearance, etc. He knew David’s potential. He knew what was on David’s heart. He chose him to be the next king as a result.
How differently our world would be if we would stop treating people as we initially see them. How different things would be if we spoke encouraging words to people, speaking life into them. Perhaps you know someone who needs to hear some kind words, someone who needs some encouragement. Today is a great day to look at the person as God sees them, instead of how they look to us—and to speak to them as such. Tell them they were made for so much more. Encourage. Uplift. Motivate.
“But GOD told Samuel, ‘Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. GOD judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; GOD looks into the heart.’”
-1 Samuel 16:7 [MSG]