The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Most in Need"
"Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults" (Psalm 19:12).
We often see clearly - or think we do - the sins and failures of others. Our own faults, however? Not so much. Thus, born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ do well to keep a running dialogue with our Heavenly Father regarding His examination and exposure of thoughts, attitudes, words, actions, and inactions that proceed from our flesh rather than the indwelling Holy Spirit's working in our innermost being to reveal the character of Christ. Indeed, believers of old did well to affirm, "It's me, Lord, who most stands in need of Thy grace!"
Interestingly, our native tendency to accentuate the errors of others can provide a helpful prompt to the realization we may need correction. We all walk in tents of flesh that are, as the old hymn rightly suggests, "prone to wander." If I see a failing in a brother or sister, I thus do well to ask the Lord if He sees some failure in my own life. This accomplishes not only the atmosphere of heart whereby I may be able to help someone else, but also places me in the proper orbit for God's light to shine upon my own need for personal correction.
"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted" (Galatians 6:1).
In this present life, no Christian will escape the possibility of "secret faults." Thankfully, however, we will also never escape the presence of the God who ever looks upon us and into us. "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous… The Lord looketh on the heart" (Psalm 34:15; I Samuel 16:7). Witnessing the failures of others provides good opportunity for seeking our Heavenly Father's witness of ourselves. Thereby, He prepares us to help our brother or sister. And thereby He perpetuates the work of humility in us whereby we honor God, serve others, and walk in the light of our ongoing need for growth in the grace of the Lord Jesus. Yes, "It's me, Lord, that most stands in need of Thy grace!"
"Search me, o God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
Weekly Memory Verse
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life."
(I John 5:13)