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When it comes to certain physical diseases one of the best practices is self-exams. Paying attention to your body, and any significant changes in it can help you identify a potential problem earlier rather than later. It can save your life.
The same is true in the spiritual realm of life. The Bible teaches us the importance of self-exams. I’m not talking about unhealthy, continual introspection. That’s discouraging and dangerous. I’m referring to a consistent practice of reflection about your life based on the instructions of God’s Word. It’s taking the time, on a regular basis, to think about how you are living and whether you’re growing, changing and maturing in your walk with God.
There’s a passage in Proverbs that describes the consequences of an unexamined life. Take a look at this verse found in Proverbs 5:6 (NIV) “She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.”
This verse describes a person whose life is directed by unchecked passion and pleasure. She’s a person who is led by her feelings, never giving any thought to how she’s living or where her choices are taking her. She never examines her life, and therefore she ends up “wandering aimlessly” through life. Her life is wasted because she never valued self-examinations.
What about you? How often do you do spiritual self-exams? Building this practice in your life will save you from a wandering, aimless life!