Have you ever looked into a mirror and thought about how well you are doing in life? You reflect on your life and notice your chest goes out a bit and you can almost feel your hand moving to pat yourself on the back because of your accomplishments and successes.It is in these moments when I recognize once again why I love the Bible so much. God’s Word helps me to see truth about myself, the world I live in, and about God, Himself. It becomes mirror number two.For example, in Deuteronomy, chapter 8, verses 11-18, it says:
Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint. In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. Otherwise, you may say in your heart, My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth. But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” NASB
These verses speak so directly to the situation described with mirror #1
where God’s perspective is needed.
In fact, these verses point me to mirror #2 (the truth mirror) that helps me recognize that any successes I am enjoying are not due to my own efforts, but God’s. Mirror #2 reflects an image of me in it, but God right behind me, lifting me up if you will. That is what’s really going on in my world.Rather than the pride I’m demonstrating as I look at myself in mirror #1, I find myself filled with humility and gratitude as I look at what is really happening in mirror #2.
Which mirror is before you?