Book: Proverbs 20
“The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motives.”
When they were younger I watched my boys play hide-and-go-seek with their friends in our home. My sons always had an advantage because they knew their own home so well and where the best hiding places were. Their poor friends could only try hiding behind the curtains or behind the furniture. The odd time I would suggest to one of their friends, who was having a hard time finding a hiding spot, where they could hide. This helped balance my sons’ advantage but eventually their friend would get caught. The Lord has the advantage as well.
The Lord knows everything about us and even knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows what makes us take certain actions, or say certain things. We cannot successfully hide anything from Him. We should know this from the first few chapters of Genesis when Adam and Eve sinned. God knew what they were up to.
Recently, I needed to make a decision but was feeling a little uneasy about which way to go. The reason for the uneasiness was that I wanted to make sure my motives were right. I had to ask myself, what the reason was for choosing one way or the other. Was it because I had selfish motives or was it because I truly believed that it was what God wanted. I went before the Lord and asked Him to show me if there were any wrong motives in my heart that needed to be dealt with first. After some time I sensed the Lord was saying that I was free to make the decision. It was good for me to first go through that process of asking the Lord to shine His light on my motives to make sure they were right.
When we ask God to shine His light on our motives, or search our heart to make sure there is nothing out of line, we are walking into a deeper intimacy with Him. We are opening ourselves up to Him so that we can receive more blessing from Him and know Him better.
Take time to ask the Lord to shine His light on your motives as you make decisions. Tell Him that you want Him to correct any wrong motives. Don’t rush this time but rather wait on the Lord.