One of the most important lessons to learn and practice when driving a car is to always look over our shoulder when changing lanes or entering traffic, as there are blind spots or traffic jams. areas that our peripheral vision cannot see, and we run the risk of hitting other people’s cars. In today’s article, I want to help us look over our shoulders spiritually so that we don’t get crushed in life.
We all have blind spots in our personalities and our relationships with God and our neighbor. Even spiritual giants like the apostle Paul recognized this. He wrote in 1 Corinthians 4: 4: “For I know nothing about myself, but I am not acquitted for it. It is the Lord who judges me.
Another important lesson in life, especially as you get older, is to have regular check-ups. They can help us spot health problems early before they become a bigger problem. In today’s devotion, I want to help us pass a spiritual health exam so that we can spot our areas of weakness. The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 13: 5: “Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith; test yourself. Don’t you realize that Christ Jesus is in you, unless, of course, you fail the test? “
So let’s get back on the road, being careful to look over our shoulders to avoid blind spots. Head to the doctor’s office for a check-up. Let us ask the good doctor, the Holy Spirit, to help us examine ourselves to see if we are spiritually healthy. Let us pray the prayer that King David made in Psalm 139: 23-24:
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is an offensive way in me,
and lead me on the eternal path.
The following self-test questions are taken from a book by Jerry Bridges titled “Who Am I?” Identity in Christ. Chapter 5 lists some great questions we can use to examine our hearts. Take the time to pray through the following questions:
- What is my attitude towards God? Do I readily admit my dependence on him and my responsibility towards him?
- What is my attitude towards my sin? Am I concerned or indifferent?
- What is my attitude towards Jesus Christ? Do I trust him as the one who died for my sin on the cross?
- What is my attitude towards the Bible? Do I really want to grow in my understanding and application in my life?
- What is my attitude towards prayer? Do I want to grow in this area of my life as well, or am I happy enough to see prayer as an occasional call to God to help me?
- (And I would add another one): What is my attitude towards my neighbor? Do I love my neighbor as myself?
Mr. Bridges writes: “These are important questions that we must seek to answer honestly. The stakes are too high to ignore them or play with them. Our eternal destiny is at stake and eternity lasts forever. There is no end.
Let’s be completely honest with ourselves and with God. He’s on our side and wants to help us avoid unnecessary problems, but we have to be honest. Tragically, too many people don’t look over their shoulders to change their path and they don’t have regular spiritual check-ups. They are too similar to the people described in Psalm 36: 2:
“In their own eyes, they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin. “
So, in prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to help you honestly answer the questions. Use these questions to peek over your shoulders or as a health check to avoid a break in spiritual direction.
The good news is that God is on our side. He knows the path changes we are inclined to make and the state of our health. As Psalm 139: 1-3 says: “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit down and when I get up; you see my thoughts from afar. You discern my exit and my bed; you know all my ways.
The Heavenly Father knows each of us fairly well. If we sincerely ask him to help us overcome our blind spots and weaknesses, he will most certainly be happy to help us.
Dan Matney is the pastor of the New Life Assembly of God in Avon. Email him at [email protected]