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Don’t inspect my heart

I sometimes use the excellent “Valley of Vision” book of Puritan devotions, published by Banner of Truth, as part of my morning prayer time.

These are always good, but then sometimes a phrase or a section most especially grabs my attention with its pithy wisdom or searching questions and that really gets me thinking.

This happened to me recently when I read this:

“May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore thy blessing
and in which I cannot invite thy inspection.”

“May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore thy blessing,
and in which I cannot invite thy inspection.”

How apt.

I then thought about my activities for the day: the work I would do, the conversations I might have, leisure activities and time with my family in which I might participate. It was such a simple but compelling insight which helped me to realise that there are many things that I can ask God to bless – and the things that I cannot ask him about, well, maybe I shouldn’t be doing.

And then to really drive home the message, I thought about other things I might do – things that I didn’t really want God to look at too closely, especially if he were to inspect my heart motivation.

It is good to be challenged in these ways and it is good to turn to prayer, acknowledging our sinfulness at such times, but also to implore God’s blessing on the many legitimate and good things he gives us to do for his glory.

One Comment

  1. Anthony James Howard | 3 Aug, 2019

    Many thanks,Graham, for sharing this gem. It seems so obvious when you read it. There was an old hymn which said “Redeem thy mis-spent time that’s past and live this day as if thy last. Think how all-seeing God thy ways and all thy secret thoughts surveys”.

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