The Mirror

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 30

Gold Nugget
Verse 12: “There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness.”
                                                                                                                            
Commentary
One Christmas while my kids were still at home, I was trying to find gifts for my daughters. After spending an hour walking around the store, I decided that I really didn't have a clue of what I was going to buy these teenage girls. I resorted to the faithful old gift card escape. I did, however, want a few things to wrap and put under the tree even if it was going to be something cheesy. I stumbled down the cosmetics lane and found some fancy little mirrors that light up. I figured they might enjoy them and they were the perfect size for wrapping. A few days after Christmas, I had to giggle as my daughters gave me feedback on their gifts. It seems the mirrors had a special feature that I wasn't aware of. The mirror actually had two sides. One was what I would consider to be a typical mirror. The other side was some sort of magnifying mirror that revealed every little pore. Included in the magnification were blemishes and any imperfections. My daughter shouted, “Dad, I don’t like this mirror you gave me! It’s too revealing!” It seems that there were flaws that she was okay with as long as she couldn't see them, but upon closer evaluation, she really didn't want know about them. In reality, my daughter is beautiful. I guess most people are just their own worst critic (well when it comes to their natural appearance anyway). Today’s Christian has a similar dilemma. We have many issues in our lives that are flawed and may be in dire need of attention. We may not know they are there, but after a quick glimpse in the mirror of His Word, we can see just how flawed we are and need attention. It’s unfortunate, but we are more likely to swivel that mirror back around and refuse to see ourselves for who we really are. We would rather see ourselves in the perspective we desire most. We are like the generation mentioned in today’s “gold nugget” that says, “There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness.” We are like the person mentioned in James 1:23-24, “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.” We need to be of a mind that will do whatever the Lord reveals to us in His Word, whether it is something we are comfortable with or not. It’s His perspective that we are concerned about and whatever we need to change to please Him, we should be willing to do it.

Prayer
Lord, thank you for the true reflection that the mirror of you Word will reveal to us. Give us the humility to except what you show us and the desire to allow the change. Amen


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