I am fascinated by how God speaks to his creatures. He is the potter, after all. Each of us came from the dust of the earth. That makes us, well, mud. Okay, clay, if that makes you feel better. “Good morning, Mr. Play-Doh.”
And yet, God breathes life into each of us. God then fills us with his Holy Spirit. He lives in us. Paul says in Galatians 4:19 that Christ is being formed in us. We are not being formed in him. He is being formed in us.
I have one word for that — miraculous! One more word — Wow!
Proverbs 20:27 is especially intriguing and helpful. At the bottom of this post you can see the verse. From left to right you have the: a) New International Version, b) The Message, c) English Standard Version and d) New Living Translation. Look at how those 4 translations dance together.
Your human spirit is the lamp of the Lord (NIV). And who is charge of your life? God is (The Message). Who do you think woke you up this morning and is sustaining you this very moment? God! Only God, my friends. Even now it is the Lord himself who is searching your innermost parts (ESV). It is the Lord God who exposes your motives (NLT) … who loves you and convicts you and prods you onward.
My advice, my encouragement? Let God speak to your spirit today. Let him give you thoughts. Let him examine you. When you fire up your little engine and go off into the world, know that God is inside you … loving you, speaking to you, giving you thoughts and ideas. That’s a pretty terrific deal for us God-dependent humans, wouldn’t you say?
New International Version
27 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord
that sheds light on one’s inmost being.
27 God is in charge of human life,
watching and examining us inside and out.
English Standard Version
27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,
searching all his innermost parts.
New Living Translation
27 The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit,
exposing every hidden motive.