We cannot hide from God what we can from everyone else

Saturday, October 25, 2008

When I was a kid I wondered how Mom always knew when I was getting into something I should not. My brother and I thought we were ingenious at hiding stuff, but Mom seemed to have a sixth sense of knowing when we were either doing something we weren't supposed to or hiding something. Her ability was amazing. Then I became a parent and realized kids don't hide stuff well.

Through the writer of Proverbs, the Lord reminds us all that men and women really do not change much from children to adults. Every child sees themselves as right in everything they do, and they try to hide what they don't want to get caught with. Proverbs 21:2 penetrates the psyche of men and women by saying, "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart."

Appearances are important. While we shouldn't base value solely upon what a person looks like, how someone carries themselves, the manner and style of their clothes send messages to those around them. Some of the greatest leaders in history understood that to lead they had to look the part. Somewhere along the lines, in keeping up appearances we all become guilty of not just presenting our best selves but trying to convince others of who we are not.

Here this proverb reminds us of one simple but overwhelming idea. God sees through the fluff. Human beings play a lot of games. We are convinced that we are right and everyone else is ... well, wrong.

In the realm of our spiritual lives the Bible is really clear. God sees through the fluff of us straight to our hearts. In our hearts he sees the inner self. The person we are, who we know we are not and who we want to be. He sees who we truly are even when we don't know the answer to that question. Then he does what only a personal transcendent being can do. He weighs what he finds there. He measures what is there. He evaluates what is there. He sees what truly motivates us. Examining and investigating who we truly are.

We cannot hide from him what we can from everyone else. We are just not that good.

Rob Hurtgen is a husband, father and serves as the associate pastor at the First Baptist Church in Jackson. Read more from him at www.robhurtgen.wordpress.com.

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