Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” (John 1:47)
Watching the Justice Kavanaugh hearings, I disagreed with what some of the Senators said, but one Senator in particular took me beyond disagreement into angry resentment : Senator Blumenthal.
Senator Blumenthal said that if Kavanaugh told even one lie about his personal history, then he should be totally disqualified for consideration for the Supreme Court. But there was a huge problem : this Senator was known for misleading statements about his own personal history.
Since many of the other Senators had their own annoying traits, I wondered why it was only Blumenthal who got me so riled up ?
Well, after watching the hearing, I went to a physical therapy session for my tender left shoulder. I heard a fellow patient ranting bitterly against Blumenthal, but I kept quiet. Later, though, I considered the gap between my polite outer exterior and my own secret agreement with that gentleman’s angry rant! Yes, I like to project a certain image…an even-keeled man who doesn’t express nasty, ranting thoughts. But wait a minute —isn’t that a gap between how I present myself and what I am really like …. just like Blumenthal ?!
The Lord used my reactions to Blumenthal to switch me to dealing with my own deceit instead of ranting at his !
I am glad we have a Lord who is so patient with our inconsistencies! And he loves us so much that he engineers circumstances to expose them, so they can be corrected.
I can’t yet say I am just like Jesus’ disciple Nathaniel in whom there is no deceit. But by God’s grace I can say I’m willing to admit it when I’m being deceitful. Then I can pray for help in putting off two-faced deceit and putting on single-minded transparency and honesty.