Search me, O 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
This simply means inviting God to explore the landscapes of our lives and relationships in order to reveal to us those actions and attitudes we need to deal with directly. First we give God the freedom to search us and open up any closet He wants. Second, we invite testing to reveal our true character. Third, we ask for conviction of anything displeasing to Him. Fourth, we ask for His guidance out of sinful patterns to clean ones that are right with Him.
Scripture is like spiritual radiation treatment to kill the cancerous cells of sin. Like patients, we must submit to it and accept any loss. It may mean exchanging our mental diet of junk to healthy spiritual fiber. God’s Word can snuff out any lingering sin, but God’s man must be prepared in advance to accept some personal casualties. By believing in the process of applying Scripture to eliminate the visible sin and weaken the disposition of indwelling sin, God frees us. “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts” (Psalm 119:45).
While only some of us will get bald spots, we all have blind spots: areas of our lives that we simply can’t see or don’t want to see or that seem benign to us. But they may in fact they may be poisonous to us or others. The ruthless way involves empowering the space invaders to help root out sin with the authority of Scripture. “It is better to heed a wise man’s rebuke than to listen to the song of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:5)
Father, thank you for showing me how to clean up my blind spots?