A while back when I was driving into work, a dashboard light in my car went off, telling me that something was wrong. It was annoying, but I realized I had better take notice. Those dashboards lights are there to indicate a problem that needs attention—overheating, low oil, or an empty fuel tank. When that happens, you can keep driving and tell yourself that it’s not that big a deal, or just wishfully hope that it will somehow fix itself. But that is a mistake—to disregard it invites greater problems.
Do you realize that your soul has dashboard lights to indicate something is wrong? Scripture speaks of actions revealing what is in the heart (Proverbs 4:23; Luke 6:45). So for example, when you are anxious, that is an indicator that something is not right in your heart. To ignore it or to blame it on circumstances or another person or think it’s not a big deal is as foolish as continuing to drive with dashboard lights on. This is an opportunity to ask God to search your heart (Psalm 139:23) and to reveal what is wrong in your heart—allowing you to confess it and receive God’s grace.
The same is true for other dashboard lights of the soul— anger, depression, fear, guilt, bitterness, lack of joy, complacency, and others. These are all indicators that something is wrong. In Psalm 19:12, David asks, “Who can discern his errors?” We can easily overlook these blind spots in our lives, which is why we need to allow God’s word to daily speak truth to us and to listen to godly friends that the Lord will use to bring to light that we need to see, to fix the deeper issue of our heart. May we be people who respond with humility and wisdom when our warning lights come on, allowing us to experience the fullness of God’s grace.