Identify Yourself

Identify Yourself

It was frustrating today, and a little embarrassing, when my bank debit card was declined.  Actually, it didn’t work last night either, but my wife’s card worked.  A ‘robo’ call from the bank came to her phone this morning asking me to identify myself related to activity on my card.  I didn’t feel quite like identifying myself to a machine, so we went to the bank latter.  There I had to show my debit card and photo ID, then the lady at the bank could not access enough information and had to call the bank’s fraud division.  I had to go through another set of identification questions before that person would talk to me.  And then, after giving him all the correct numbers, he wanted a verbal password.  It least I remembered it this time.  There had been an unusually large number of transactions on the card in a short time.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your perspective at the moment, the sheer abundance of activity that was causing suspicion was all mine.  While it can be frustrating and embarrassing when the card doesn’t work, I am thankful that the bank is watching out for me and wants to make sure it is me they are talking to about my accounts.

The bank knows me by numbers in a computer.  I have to give those numbers back to them in some form, either by presenting a card on which the numbers are recorded, or by giving the numbers to them verbally, in order to access the money I have entrusted to them.

Aren’t you glad God doesn’t work that way?  When I go the bank, they need all those numbers to know it’s me so I can access my money.  You don’t need any numbers when you go to God.  You can pray without an access code or password; you don’t have to go to a specific place.  God knows all about you; when you sit down, when you stand up, the thoughts in your head before they reach your tongue.  (Even things you don’t know how to say, because, as his children, his spirit dwells in us.  Romans 8:26).  There is a great transition in Psalm 139 that I strive to make a reality in my heart.  David begins with awe and fear when he realizes how much God knows about him, but that fear changes to joy and pleading for help to change and grow.  He concludes saying, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  (Psalm 139:23-24)  Rejoice that you can approach God with a heart that is open and unafraid and that you can ask him to find and remove the things that don’t belong there.  Rejoice that God really does know you.

Larry Meissner, January 24, 2016

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