I guess the best analogy for today’s post in “Coffee with the Lord” is probably “Mom” – yes, that’s right, “Mom” (and perhaps, depending on your experience at home, “Dad”). Not at our house though when our kids were growing up… it was “Mom!” (I was the “pushover!). Our kids couldn’t hide anything from my wife, she’d find out – It was like she had “eyes in the back of her head” or “God told her” or something. When my wife “cross-examined” the kids, they were in trouble! I’d joke she should have been a federal prosecutor! One question after another in rapid fire until the truth came out!
That’s right… “Mom!” Couldn’t fool her – she’d find out – but oh how she loved her kids! That combination of not being able to fool her and passionate concern and love is what makes the analogy for today’s post work… It’s a lot like God, our Heavenly Father – you can’t fool Him either – Hypocrisy (living a lie) doesn’t work with Him! Yet His love for us is strong, deep, and dependable (the Hebrew word for it is “Hesed”) – our best interests, as His children, is His greatest concern and purpose!
Here’s what I read about it this morning in my Bible during “Coffee with the Lord”…
“He [Jesus] began to say to His disciples, ‘Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees [who were extremely outwardly religious] which is hypocrisy! Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known… I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I warn you whom to fear: fear Him [God] who, after he has kiiled, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God! Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered! Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows!’” (from Luke 12:1-7)
There it is… accountability to God and the deep love of the Heavenly Father! Hypocrisy won’t work with Him – you can’t fool Him – He knows everything, even what we think are secret things! And yet, out of His great heart of love, he is cares for us, and our welfare is His greatest concern!… Like I said, kinda like “Mom!” I love and “fear” Him at the same time! I know He loves me! I want to please Him don’t you?