Day 4: Scrutinized
Standing on stage in a competition suit is very humbling for me. It’s a vulnerable experience having judges analyze every aspect of my physique. Nothing is missed. Every muscle, ounce of fat, bone and even vein is put under the microscope. The bright lights of the stage shine down, and I feel completely exposed. I am in essence presenting hours of training, sacrifice, energy and effort for others to scrutinize and grade. No matter how hard I have worked, the immense pressure of the stage can be exhausting and intimidating. Luckily, stage time goes quickly, and the feeling of relief and accomplishment take over once I make it backstage. I’ve seen the areas in which I need to improve, and I can apply that knowledge for my future training.
Many times God will shine a bright light on our lives, exposing all the details that are sometimes hidden. When He does this, we may feel like we are being scrutinized, but God is not condemning us. He is simply trying to get us to see areas that we may be ignoring, hiding or denying. Being vulnerable before God does not have to be scary. He is not judging us; rather, He is jealous for us to grow into the beautiful designs He has for us. And He will not keep us under the bright lights for long. Once the areas of improvement are exposed, He quickly pours His peace and comfort into the rawness. He loves us, and wants us to improve. He knows that we have this one life to become the people we will be for eternity.
Some people fear the revealing bright lights of God’s pruning. They run away from His stage of refinement because they don’t want to be vulnerable. But God is good, and He has our best interests at heart. He loves us too much to leave us in our comfortable mediocrity. He wants to mold us into the perfect image of Jesus. He is working that seed of salvation from the inside out (Philippians 2.12-13). Every time He exposes an area that is not His best for us, we are given the ability to apply the knowledge we have learned. God will not leave us on the stage for long, and we will feel good that we examined areas that we can make more blessable for God.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (Psalm 139.23-24 NLT).
Father God, I want to be vulnerable on your refining stage, so You can mold me more into the image of Your Son. I know that I have grace for my flaws, but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t try to improve those areas. Help me to trust that You are not judging me. You are simply jealous for me to be more than I am now. Reveal to me with Your bright light of truth anything that may offend You, and help me to adjust my course along Your “path of everlasting life.” I give You the raw materials of my life, knowing that You will make me into something pleasing and beautiful. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
- Has God tried to shine His bright life of truth on you?
- Have you ever found yourself on God’s stage of refinement?
- What are some areas that God is trying to expose in your life today?
Let God search your heart!