Michelangelo had the most beautiful way of looking at his work as a sculptor.

He felt the configuration itself lay hidden in the stone, and his job was merely to chip away at it until he freed the creation from its marble prison.

In 1501, the city government of Florence commissioned Michelangelo to create King David as a part of a series of statues meant to adorn the roofline of Florence's cathedral dome. It took four years for Michelangelo to carve the famous sculpture out of an

18-foot-tall marble block other sculptors had twice discarded because it was imperfect. When Michelangelo finally got his hands on it, the marble had been waiting for 40 years for someone that was up for the challenge.

He slowly chipped away at the imperfect marble that nobody else wanted, the marble that would eventually reveal the most beautiful, famous sculpture of King David. And so it is with us who the Lord is sculpting. No one is perfect. Yet, one of the great wonders of the Bible is that God uses imperfection! He searches our hearts and reveals our spiritual condition. His chisel digs deep and chips away at what no longer serves Him or us.

In this process, we need only to humble ourselves to his will as His mighty hands to do the fantastic work of revealing a masterpiece.

“You understand my thoughts afar ...Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties and see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139: 23-24

Notice how personal King David’s prayer is - Search me. He desired nothing less than to humble himself to God’s will; therefore, he prayed for God’s examination of his spiritual condition.

God is the only one who knows our hearts. Therefore, ask God to search your heart.