The right button to push

You know you just can’t take the country out of the boy. Put a hayseed like me in one of the finest automobiles made and you got trouble! Last week I had the great joy of driving a brand new Cadillac with all the trimmings while my car was in the shop for repairs. It had everything but the kitchen sink and one of my favorite perks was the little button that not only heats the seat but cools it down as well! So I pick my car up and the next day I’m in the Capitol city for some meetings and push the button thinking that on this 95-degree day it will be great to lower the temperature a bit. Only thing is, my car have the heating feature! I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but it took 10 minutes and the sweat dripping of my nose before I realized that I was adding insult to injury! Sometimes I wonder, what would folks think if they knew the whole of my silly mishaps? Well I do know what Jesus thinks… Listen to the first few verses of Psalm 139, “O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.” Quite a thought isn’t it? That God knows everything about you and I. But Listen to what God did in spite of what he knew. “But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He knew us, yet he loved us, wow!

Think with me for a minute about this all knowing and all seeing God and our prayers. First off, isn’t it a comfort to know that the heavenly father you pray to knows all things actual and possible, and when you go to him in prayer he has all of your real needs foremost in his mind? Secondly, think about this all knowing God and our sufferings. There are times when things happen our lives that are so hurtful and painful, we don’t even know how to express them to the person who is closest to us. I’m sure there are people reading this today that have been hurt or experienced pain so badly that you haven’t told anyone about it. No one! What a blessing and encouragement it is to know a God that knows and understands all that your going through. Psalm 31:7 “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;” Psalm 142… “when my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path” God knows. He knows what we experience. Every minute of our pain & suffering, what we feel but why we feel it. He knows how it happened, how long it’s going to last, and how intense it is. What a comfort it is to be able to look up and

say…. Lord, you know! Lastly let’s look at this all knowing and all seeing God and sin. Heb 4:13 says,” 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.” Folks, there is nothing God does not know…. the beautiful as well as the ugly, the kind and the cruel, the loving and the lustful… God knows it all. There are no secrets, there are no secret thoughts, there are no secret plans, there are no secret longings, and there are no secret fears.

I read a story about an elderly grandfather who was very wealthy, and because he was going deaf decided to go and buy a hearing aid. Two weeks after he bought it he stopped back into the store where he had purchased the hearing aid. He told the manager that not only could he hear normal things, he could even pick up conversations in the next room. The owner of the store said, boy, your relatives must be happy to hear about that! The elderly man replied, Oh, I haven’t told them yet!!!! I’ve just been sitting around listening and do you know what? I’ve changed my will four times this week already! Sometimes we think that God is like that don’t we? We think that God is like that Grandfather who only hears when we speak clearly and directly to him, but listen, God hears everything. If God was like that grandfather and his attitude was changeable, how would your conversations of the past week that would change his attitude toward you? He sees, He knows, yet He loves and cares. John Stott wrote, “Not long before she died in 1988, in a moment of surprising candor in television, Marghanita Laski, one of our best-known secular humanists and novelists, said, “What I envy most about you Christians is your forgiveness; I have nobody to forgive me.” She was wrong. She had some one to forgive her yet she never experienced it. You have someone as well. Don’t push the wrong button!