Lenten Reflection 3-10-22

Lenten Reflection Day 8 - by Kim Wu

Psalm 139:1-4 O Lord, you have searched me and known me.   You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.   You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.   Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.   You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.   Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.

God sees our behaviors, even things we do in secret, and God also sees our motives.  This should be both a caution and a comfort.  There is no hiding from God.

“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.”  (Proverbs 16:2)  Our own hearts can even deceive us.  “My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent.  It is the Lord who judges me.”  (1 Corinthians 4:4)

Heavenly Father, as humans we are often satisfied with what looks good and we let the world tell us how to live.  But You, Lord, You are satisfied with what is good.  And in Your immense mercy and love, You embrace us anyway.  You take our sin-dead lives and make us alive in Christ.  Help us not to waste this gift, and ready us for the work You have prepared for us to do.  Amen. (Based on Proverbs 16:2 and Ephesians 2 MSG)

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