Faith

Perception

Last fall, I purchased a 4 wheel drive, Jeep Compass. Living 30 minutes from both work and school, and 15 minutes from civilization, 4 wheel drive seemed like a good idea for winter. 
My Jeep reminds me of a mullet, the front has a different look than the sides and back. The front is the traditional Jeep front, but the side…kind of reminds me of a middle-aged, soccer mom’s vehicle. Which is fine, I like my car. I was surprised that I liked it, because I have never liked white vehicles.
However, when it snowed for the first time, I soon realized that I had not purchased a white Jeep Compass. Instead, I had purchased an off-white, or even a cream Jeep Compass. 
(Please excuse the dirt!)
Compared to the pure, white snow, my Jeep is not quite white. Our perception sometimes changes with our perspective. What appeared to be white, was shown to be cream when it was next to something truly white.
Our thoughts, actions, attitudes, and motives can be the same way. Proverbs 21:2 says, “All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.” Because we live in a corrupted, sinful world, our perceptions may be incorrect.

Compared to God’s Word, and His standards, do our thoughts, actions, attitudes, and motives still seem pure? Are we acting out of love for God and others? Are we willing to pray, as David did in Psalm 139:23, 24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”? 
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:12, 13

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