Mind Mirror

            In a science fiction story I read once, the main character meets a telepathic ambassador from an alien planet and found it to be a very uncomfortable, even nauseating experience.  His thoughts were fully exposed to the alien, and he had a hard time controlling them.  Lustful thoughts of a girl lhe had just met flashed across his mind.  He saw stupid, embarrassing things he had done in his past, including an act of cowardice once at school.  All those things a person wishes could be undone or relived better came to mind.  The alien said it was just as difficult for him to be near humans, since emotions and passions run so deep, and that was not something his species was accustomed to.

            Our great God is certainly no alien being, but you and I are just as exposed to Him as the sci fi character I mentioned above.  In Jeremiah 17:9-10 God’s Word says, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.  God knows us inside and out.

A characteristic of wicked people is that they don’t think God sees or knows what they do and think.  Psalm 10:11, says He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

Further proof that we’re transparent to the Lord is in John 2:23-25. Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.  Many other Scriptures, such as passages from the Psalms, illustrate God’s intimate knowledge of all that we are and think.

Reading the Bible, God’s holy word, can be an experience of self revelation.  We don’t have to wait to stand before God at some future date for all that we are to be exposed.  Hebrews 4:12-13 says, For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.  If that’s a little unnerving, consider the remedy in verses 14-16.  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  If you’re like me, these are comforting words because you need all the mercy and grace you can get.  Thank God He’s not like the cold, unsympathetic alien in that sci fi story.

We find further comfort and assurance in 1 Jn. 1:9-2:1.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  Praise the Lord!

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