Tuesday, May 18, 2010

daily text 5/18

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
"Search through me, O God, and know my heart. Examine me, and know my disquieting thoughts, and see whether there is in me any painful way, and lead me in the way of time indefinite." (Psalm 139:23, 24)

On a day-to-day basis, people think about their appearance, their health, the challenges of making a living, the ups and downs of their friendships, perhaps even romance. We may give such concerns considerable attention. What, though, particularly matters to Jehovah as he searches through our heart? It is our integrity. Jehovah, the Giver of "every good gift and every perfect present," has bestowed on each of us a variety of gifts. (James 1:17) Thanks to him, we have such gifts as a body, a mind, a measure of health, and various abilities. (1 Corinthians 4:7) However, Jehovah does not simply force us to display integrity. He lets us choose for ourselves whether we will develop this quality.—Deuteronomy 30:19.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/08, 1:2, 3)

Hmmm, that's interesting...I never caught that last part of this scripture, where he asks to be led "in the way of time indefinite" ... I don't want to take that phrase out of context or anything, but doesn't the use of that term seem to indicate he is concerned with receiving God's guidance in *more* than just his day-to-day existence? It seems to demonstrate a strong awareness and reliance on his future hope for everlasting life, and his desire to *qualify* for it. (Since that term "time indefinite" is applied to things which are described as "eternal" or "everlasting")