Psalm 139:23, 24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Eureka! I don’t know how much this word is used today. Possibly most people think of a brand of vacuum cleaner when they hear it. Historically this was an exclamation attributed to Archimedes that he made to express his triumph of discovering an important process involving gold. It was a shout made by gold miners when they discovered gold. It became a general term used to describe the discovery moment when something being looked for was found, or a difficult problem was solved.
Teachers talked about students having ‘Eureka moments’ in their studies – those wonderful times when the ‘light goes on’ and something that has been elusive is finally understood. Think of the times when reading the Bible, the Lord opens our eyes and we see something we haven’t seen before. A verse or a truth just comes alive and it’s like discovering gold.
Sometimes these ‘Eureka moments’ occur when the Lord opens our eyes to see behaviors and attitudes in our lives that are negative and hurtful, both to us and to others, and we just haven’t ‘seen’ them. It’s like our grasp of the obvious has been turned off. We’re clueless to the red warning light flashing on the dashboard before us.
On the one hand, my life has too many of these embarrassing moments where Jesus has opened my eyes to see and understand such things in my life. But on the other hand, they are unspeakable treasures because they are answers to the prayer of this verse. They are ‘Eureka moments’ because they are priceless ‘doorways’ to repentance. They are intended to lead us to times of forgiveness and transformation – not condemnation! They enable us to become more like Jesus.