if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.”
Job 34:32 NIV
I love the way The Voice states it, “Teach me and fill in my blind spots, and if I have done wrong, I will stop and do what is right.” It literally says in Hebrew, “Besides what I see, You teach me. If iniquity I have done, not will I do again.”
Teach: to flow as water (to rain), to lay or throw (especially an arrow, to shoot), to point out (as if by aiming the finger).
See: to gaze at, to perceive, contemplate (with pleasure), to have a vision of as to prophesy, behold, look, provide, vision, witness.
Not/besides what: not till, except, without, apart from.
Wrong: iniquity, evil, unrighteousness.
Lynn’s Version might say, “Point out to me those things I do not perceive that I am doing wrong, so that when I act unrighteously in Your sight, I will not continue doing it.”
Oh, to have the Lord teach me to see what I cannot see! To know what I am doing wrong that I have not perceived yet. To say as David, “But how can I ever know what sins are lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.” (Ps. 19:12 TLB)
How many acts against the Lord have I committed and hidden in my heart? What secret faults do I have that I don’t even recognize?
This tickled my funny bone (I know, I’m weird!) and reminded me of an episode of I Love Lucy when the Ricardos and the Mertzes lived in California while Ricky made his movie. They were together so much that they got on each other’s nerves.
Lucy grumbled that Ricky drummed his fingers all the time. Ricky complained that Lucy played the Anvil Chorus, constantly stirring her coffee with her spoon, going “tinkle-ly tink, tinkle-ly tink.” Setting his “teth on edge.”
Fred bellyached about Ethel’s noisy eating. Ethel fussed that Fred jingled the keys in his pocket and sounded like Jingle Bells.
I know, silly example. Those weren’t evil acts. However, they were irritating habits that drove each other crazy.
So, what do we do that we do not realize we do and is not only irritating to others but also a bad witness of our Christian walk? And what sins do we commit that we do not discern?
My prayer, then, is the words of David…
Lord, “Don’t let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness. Don’t let me share in the delicacies of those who do wrong…Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me…Lead me by your truth and teach me…O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you…Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom…Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Ps. 141:4 NLT, Ps. 119:133 NKJV, Ps. 25:5 NLT, Ps. 69:5 NLT, Ps. 51:6 NKJV, Ps. 139:23-24 NLT)
Have you been blindfolded to something in your life that you need to see?