Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Witnesses and records

I am so grateful for a Bible passage in this week's Lesson on Reality. The passage is from Job and it reads, "Behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high".  The Message Bible interprets this as, "There must be Someone in heaven who knows the truth about me, in highest heaven, some Attorney who can clear my name."

We sometimes struggle with challenges and that can be more difficult when others are aware of it and watching us. They might even add to the problem by saying things like, your mother had that same thing, or that runs in our family. We need to watch our own thinking so that we don't become false witnesses about some physical or emotional or financial claim. This Bible passage is a reminder of who is always watching us and just what He is seeing. God made each of us in His own image and likeness and just like the reflection in the mirror, what is true about the original is all that can be true about God. God is always knowing the truth about His perfect creation. He made all that is made and pronounced it good. So if it is not good, it is not of God, and has no foundation in Truth.

When we were growing up our mom kept a medical record where she recorded all those childhood diseases. This was our record. But God, who did not create or cause disease, does not have any such record for me or anyone else. There is a very aggressive commercial running on tv that insists that if you had one of those childhood diseases you are carrying something in your body that can cause problems now. That is a false claim and a unfounded suggestion and we don't have to accept it as infallible or allow it to grow into a reality in our experience. Why not? Because the only witness to our being is God and the record of our true identity is in heaven.

We would not be swayed by false witnesses to some crime. We should not be swayed by some false witnesses about us or anyone else. Deny it because you know what is really true about you and them. There is Someone who knows all about you and can clear any false record or accusation. The Psalmist says, "Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law." God's law of ever present good operating in your life. God is omnipotent, all powerful, so there is no other power 'out there' causing illness, distress, or lack. Contradict those false witnesses.

No matter how many people insisted the earth was flat, it never was. Eventually people grew into the knowlege of what was true and they let go of that false belief. No one I know is afraid of falling off the edge of the world. Many persistent errors will also be shown to be false and people will stop believing in those as well.

Everyone needs to know God and understand that He knows them and loves them, keeps them well and whole, protects them from harm, unfolds beauty and goodness for them. That is the reality.

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