Many years ago, while on a visit to England, a wealthy businessman became very fascinated with a powerful microscope. Looking through its lens, to study crystals and the petals of flowers, he was amazed at their beauty and intricate detail. He decided to purchase this microscope and take it back home. He thoroughly enjoyed using it until one day he decided to examine some food he was planning to eat. Much to his dismay, he discovered that there were tiny living creatures crawling around in it. Since he was especially fond of this kind of food, he wondered what he should do. Finally, he concluded that there was only one way to eliminate this dilemma. He would destroy the microscope that caused him to discover such a distasteful fact. So, he smashed the instrument to pieces.
You may say, “How foolish!” And you are right, but how many people do you know have the same reaction with the Word of God? The Word of God is like a strong magnifying glass. It shows every detail of our lives and for that reason many do not like it. In fact, there are those who hate it and would like to get rid of it. But know: “The Word of God is full of living power: it is sharper than the sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with all their parts, exposing us for what we really are” (Hebrews 4:12).
Mark Twain once said: “Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture which they cannot understand, but as for me, I have always noticed that the passages in Scripture which trouble me most are those which I do understand.” Can this be the maxim for many? In great probability, Twain hit the nail right on the head. The Word of God can trouble people because it discloses many hidden wrongs in their lives. But this is a good thing.
Many years ago I was a realtor and it was then that I discovered the pros and cons of disclosure. For the seller of a house, disclosure can be detrimental and very costly. But for the buyer it can be very beneficial and a strong deciding factor. Also, disclosure is real estate law. Why? Because nobody wants to be conned by a cover-up; therefore, nothing can be hidden or covered, and every detail of that house must be disclosed.
Now on that note, wouldn’t be great if there were disclosure laws for marriage and every detail of our lives had to be revealed so nobody could be deceived? Many people marry a person who is covering up something that is hurtful and, in many cases, destructive. I truly believe that we will see signs in a person that are not right, but we ignore them and hope for the best. Later on we say, “If only I had heeded the signs.” God’s Word says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:9-10). For more info you can visit us at www.JoyChristianMinistries.com
Pastor J.C. Myers, III
Pastor J.C. founded Joy Christian Ministries in 1992. He was Sr. Pastor at Joy Christian Ministries in West Sacramento, California from 1992-2016. He was succeeded by his 2nd son, Pastor Brandon Myers who had been under his father's ministry and teaching for 39 years.