the inner truth

 “God, You know my foolishness, and my guilt is not hidden from You … according to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me, and do not hide Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress; answer me quickly.” – Psalm 69:5, 16-17

David was overwhelmed by enemies who targeted him unfairly. He knew he was innocent and falsely accused. Yet, examining his own life, he realized he had made mistakes. Others might criticize and attack him, but in his heart, he knew that he genuinely was trying to make corrections and to do the right thing. Facing these kinds of accusations and attacks, David had no choice but to turn to God and to trust Him. Written out of a situation like this, Psalm 69 reminds us how private our relationship with God is. Others see our exterior and judge us based on their subjective observations. But God knows the truth, even our secret faults. God knows all our thoughts, feelings, and motives. Others might interpret our actions in their own way. They might judge and criticize us. Even if we truly are sorry and seeking to change, people can judge us. Regardless of our real motives, we can be wounded by their words. These are moments to remember that we can trust God. He sees our heart. Our real motivations. If we have made mistakes, He can forgive us, cleanse us, and point us in the right direction. He wants to teach us. Ask God to help you to be clean in His sight. If others have wounded you, commit their words and actions to Him. Trust Him to defend and protect you, to make things right.

Read: Psalm 69

ready to follow god

 “If sometimes the cloud remained a few days … they remained camped … When the cloud was lifted in the morning, they would move out; or if it remained in the daytime and at night, whenever the cloud was lifted, they would set out.” – Numbers 9:20-21

Like many people today, some Israelites must have wanted their lives to be more predictable. They probably wanted to know what to expect from day to day. How long would they stay in each place? When would they leave? Where would they go? But God wanted to teach them that He would not tell them what was going to happen in advance. They had to be ready to move “when the cloud was lifted.” That could be in the morning or evening. They might stay in a place “two days or a month or a year” (v. 22). They could not predict what would happen in the future. Every day was a new day, and every situation was fresh. This same principle applies to you. You might want to know more about what will happen in the future, especially with the uncertainties created by recent political and health crises. You may want to plan your life and know when your prayers will be answered or when things will change. All God promises is that He will lead you every day. Each day is a new experience with Him. Be ready to obey Him and follow Him today, no matter where He leads. He may have directed you in some ways in the past, but this does not mean that He will lead you in the same way in the future. Seek Him every day for His fresh Word for you.

Read: Numbers 9