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Evaluating Self

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.  Psalm 139:1 NLT

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Evaluations are a part of life.

Job evaluations are common. In school, we get evaluated through grades. Movies are evaluated and reviewed with ratings. Baseball players are evaluated with batting averages, runs batted in, and strikeouts. You are now evaluating this devotion. We evaluate, review, and offer opinions on others.

God also wants us to evaluate ourselves. David wanted to make sure nothing in his life was contrary to the life God wanted for him. He says God knows the details of our lives—as well as our thoughts, our plans, and what we will say next. He knows all our ways. There is nowhere we can flee from His presence. He is always with us even when we do not acknowledge His presence.

No matter where we go, God’s hand is there to guide us and hold us fast. He created us and wants to be a part of our lives. His thoughts about us are precious and numerous. If we could count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. God knows and searches our hearts and anxious thoughts.

As we evaluate our lives, God lets us know if anything is in the way of knowing Him better. Sometimes, the evaluation is daily and involves purifying our hearts though confession. At other times, it is ensuring our influence is godly and that we have no idols. Hobbies, friends, relationships, careers, social media, and tech devices can easily steal our focus.

Since God knows us in detail, checking our thoughts is important. So is checking for offensive ways. Choose one area in your life that needs adjusting or changing today.

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Dale Hansen

Dale Hansen is retired and spends his time reading, running, mentoring, and watching his grandkids. He enjoys leading small Bible study groups, which he has done for more than thirty years. Dale is working on publishing his first book, One Week at a Time: A 52 week Bible Devotional. He is married and has two married daughters and three grandsons. He lives in Joliet, Illinois. Additional information and timing on his book can be found at: www.groundedandgrowingweekly.com.