This morning I was sweeping and doing some usual chores around the house when my eye caught my Bible study book sitting on a side end table. It reminded me that I hadn’t done the lesson for today and subconsciously put it on my checklist for the things that I needed to do during the course of the day. As I bent to throw away the sweepings, I felt a voice in my soul.
Are you doing the study to impress others or to know Me and enjoy Me?
Was I attempting to increase head knowledge without rendering my full heart?
Then I opened to today’s lesson. Its title? “Straight to the Heart.” I could not not smile. It was a well needed kick in the pants. Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor? The main verse for the lesson was:
"The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Wince. Definitely a well placed kick.
Here I was patting myself on the back for doing my study consistently and yet none of it really mattered because my motives were wrong. Outwardly I was doing what was expected of me, but I had a fortress around my heart. Yes, I would read. Yes, I would write. Yes, I would check off the appropriate answers. But what is the point if it isn’t evoking change?
I am humbled by His soft scolding. And I open my heart so today’s lesson will go straight to it, like an arrow that finally hits its target.