OUR NEED FOR SELF-AWARENESS
All of us have blind spots. Blind spots are those areas in which we have no awareness, but are evident to others. Blind spots can cause us problems and that is why we need trusted people in our lives who can recognize our blind spots and have the courage to speak truth into our lives. Do you have someone in your life who is willing to tell you not only what you want to hear, but what you need to hear?
David realized that the one who knew him best was the one who created him – God. In Psalm 139, David identified several of God’s attributes as he described God’s omniscience (vv. 1-6), God’s omnipresence (vv. 7-12), and God’s omnipotence as our sovereign Creator (vv. 13-18). David affirmed God’s thorough knowledge of himself:
O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. — Psalm 139:1-2
God not only knows everything about us, but David realized that God’s divine presence is everywhere at the same time:
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me. — Psalm 139:7-10
This passage was a comfort to me as I would fly patrols in the infamous Bermuda triangle, over 1,000 miles from land. Even in the remotest part of the sea, I knew that God was with me. David expressed his gratitude to God:
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. — Psalm 139:14
David then concluded this Psalm with a request for God to search his heart:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. — Psalm 139:23-24
David was keenly aware of the presence of blind spots as he asked the one who knew him best to examine his heart. It’s important to have friends who can point out areas that we need to change, but we must not substitute friends for asking God to search our hearts. Blaise Pascal wrote: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Could it be that the penetrating spot light of God’s Holy Spirit is too fearful for us? If we realize that God loves us and cares for us, then we may be more willing to ask God to reveal areas to us in which we need to change. May we be free from blind spots.