A few years ago at the annual church picnic I was playing basketball with some of the guys, made a simple pivot move and heard a “pop” in my left knee. I knew immediately there was a problem. Two days later I found myself visiting an orthopedic doctor who believed I had torn the lateral meniscus in my left knee, but only an MRI could confirm it.
Two days after that, I went for the MRI which is really a fascinating experience if you aren’t claustrophobic. The MRI took incredible, crystal clear digital pictures of my knee and pinpointed exactly what the problem was. There was no hiding it. I had a torn meniscus and wound up having surgery. The Psalmist David, in one of the darkest hours of his life wrote these words:
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. (Psalms 51:6 NKJV)
We briefly touched on this last week but the context of Psalm 51 is powerful to consider. In a very short time period, David became an adulterer, a murderer and a cover up artist. The prophet Nathan came to him and gave him a prophetic MRI: “this is what’s really going on inside you. It’s crystal clear. You’ve sinned. You can’t hide it and you need surgery.”
Psalm 51 is the outpouring of a sin-damaged soul crying desperately for wholeness and desiring to get back on track with God. The MRI given by Nathan the prophet exposed what needed to be exposed, not for the purpose of destruction, but for the purpose of bringing healing to David’s life.
What would it look like if an MRI was taken of your soul? What would be exposed as the root problem of your life? As we saw last week, the soul is that part of you that is designed to integrate your will, mind and body into a single life of wholeness that is vitally connected to and drawing its life from the Creator of the Universe.
Safe to say, nothing will fragment your soul faster than sin. We can’t do a study on the soul, nor can we attend to our soul unless we understand the devastating effects of sin on that which is designed to bring our lives into wholeness.
Recognizing that God desires truth in the inward parts. are we willing to humble ourselves before Him and allow Him to diagnose our problem with a Soul MRI, or will we continue to plow our way through life, sowing seeds that will eventually bring nothing but destruction?
Paul wrote of soul-fragmenting things that would characterize the last days.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
(2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV)
As I pondered that verse this week, the last imperative command jumped out at me. Have nothing to do with such people
What if “such people” is you? What if those things show up in your MRI? If they do, let the shepherd of your soul lead you into wholeness. Reject the very things we should have nothing to do with. Then you’ll understand what it really means to have truth in the inward parts.