What am I lacking in?

“Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.” ~ Job 6:24 NIV

On Sunday, I was strongly convicted on what I have not been doing in my spiritual life, and that was prayer. I grew up praying consistently before eating, in the morning or at night before bed, and before big events that were about to happen like a soccer game or a surgery. I stopped praying consistently like that when I found my prayer life to be very legalistic. Only recently, during the sermon in my church, did I realize I rarely pray.

It hits me hard to know that I am lacking something in my spiritual walk with the Lord. Many of us try so hard to pursue God in many ways not knowing Satan is only one step ahead in pulling us into a blinding path. Josiah, for example, was a king who “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” (2 Kings 22:2) after a few kings ahead of him did not. Josiah took action as king immediately after the Book of the Law was found and read. He ”tore his robes” and acknowledged the lack of obedience among past rulers, the people, and I’m sure even himself (2 Kings 22:11-13). It is a shameful thing to know this, but we should also be grateful that the Lord reveals this to us. And like Josiah, we should also not hesitate to take action as soon as possible.

It’s also so much easier to spot what others lack than what I myself lack. I find it very easy in noticing what a Christian needs to work in their lives. In fact, the day I was convicted about prayer, I was actually pointing out flaws of some people in church. (Trust me, I feel so ashamed talking about this.) Within my own family, I also can’t help but confront them about what they should be working on in their lives whether it’s communication with the Lord, Bible reading, or patience. Moreover, I don’t always mean to judge but it comes out that way. Either way, I walk in dangerous waters.

Jesus says in Matthew 7:3, ”’Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”’ (NIV) Don’t get me wrong, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we should not ignore the speck in each other’s eyes. But remember, it’s just a speck that we see in others while we are unaware of a large plank in our own eye. We don’t know the whole picture. Overall, it is God who judges, not us. We need to discern between judging and confronting, what is our role as a brother and sister in Christ and what is the role of God in that matter.

Lastly, to know where we are wrong, we must seek God and that can simply be to ask Him. James confirms this by giving an example of wisdom. He says in chapter 1 verse 5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (NIV). Believe it! We all lack in something but maybe it’s just a matter of asking the Lord, with faith of course.

The verse above in Job also states it simply. “Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong” (Job 6:24 NIV). The Lord knows us more than anyone on this earth. Why not ask the Creator? We then acknowledge our humanness and give power and glory to God.

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