This month we’ll look at the practices of self-examination and life-change. I believe it is most fitting to look at a Scripture passage that exemplifies what these practices are all about.
Consider these words from The Message paraphrase:
God, investigate my life: get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life.
(Selections from Psalm 139)
Will you speak the same open, honest, candid, risky, scary, freeing invitation to God? This month, invite God to show you what it means to live as an open book to him.