I’m pretty good at reading people and situations.
I believe these factors have contributed to my ability to size up situations and individuals rather quickly: Growing up in a small town, being treated unfairly at times, serving as a pastor’s wife for over 25 years, working with children since about 10 years of age, and spiritual gifts from God. As a pastor’s wife, it always made me inwardly chuckle when someone would say, “you don’t know me!” because I usually did with great accuracy. Part of my effectiveness as a teacher is understanding my limitations, I’m not always right. So, I pray for humility in dealing with others lovingly and patiently.
As I watched the video of the policeman with his knee in the neck of George Floyd, arrogant pride was on display for all to see. Last night, my hunny and I watched a movie with a good guy and a bad guy. It didn’t take a scholar to recognize arrogant pride being flaunted by the bad guy. In fact, it was plain to see he didn’t think he could be defeated and definitely not by the puny and insignificant good guy. So many times, we who call ourselves believers have that same arrogant pride on display. You know the one that took Lucifer down from his high position and now has him on the course with the eternal Lake of Fire.
May we never forget there is One Who can read effortlessly the thoughts and intentions of the heart (*Hebrews 4:12)! AND, He IS always right! AND, He IS strong enough to take down the whole world in one fell sweep, when He determines it is the right time. However He chooses to end our days, it’s His right because He is the One Who created our days, sustains our days, and made a way for those who trust in Him to live on throughout eternity with Him.
*“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart, (NASB).”
“Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure” (Psalm 147:5, ESV).
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD . . .” (Jeremiah 29:11, NASB).
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable” (Isaiah 40:28, ESV).
Nothing is hidden from Him and nothing (no one) will escape their autopsy!
“And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13, ESV).