The inner rooms of our hearts

By Dave Henning / May 21, 2024

“God will search the inner rooms of our hearts.  That, however, does not guarantee that we will be present where He is looking and challenging.  It is one thing for God to search.  It is quite another for me to feel searched.  It requires me to be present, which requires work.”- Curt Thompson, Anatomy of the Soul

“You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.”- Psalm 139:1 (NIV)

As Sara Hagerty moves on in Chapter 3 of The Gift of Limitations, she underscores that, in the way of God, growth isn’t always an upward and onward process.  Yet, all our narratives find their proper place within His.  Most significantly, God’s pattern for growth is often slow.  And at times circular.

Certainly, at times your response to your limitations might be similar to your neighbor’s.  In the end, though, your response is wrapped up in your story.  Above all, God sees what matters to us and He understands our ways. What we care for, He cares for.

Hence, when you look at your response to your limits, display a willingness to let God speak into what He already knows.  Your history with limitations and your reactions to them.

Thus, Sara explains how this plays out in her life:

“I have lived this moment dozens of times, revealing dozens of ways I have seen God and dozens of ways my history has informed my seeing more than His Word — and this tug-of-war where we stand on the sidelines and wonder, watchful, who will win.  Will my story and history and the inertia of generations before me win out, or will a perspective on God that sets me free align me?”

In conclusion, Sara encourages, God holds your life, holds it all.  As you live your life, He maintains it.  The Lord gives you life and you walk it out.  And within these boundaries, you find life.”

Today’s question: What Scriptures help us respond when God searches the inner rooms of our hearts?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Shine through the scars”

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