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I Know You

The whole town had gathered in the courthouse for the trial. The prosecuting attorney called his first witness, an elderly woman, to the stand. He approached her and asked, Mrs. Jones, do you know me?"

She responded, "Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a young boy. And, frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a rising big shot, but you haven't the brains to realize you will never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?"

She replied, "Why, of course I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. I used to baby-sit him. And he, too, has been a real disappointment to me. He's lazy, bigoted, and has a drinking problem. The man can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the shoddiest in the entire state. Yes, I know him."

At this point, the judge rapped the courtroom to silence and called both counselors to the bench.

In a very quiet, but forceful voice, he said, "If either of you ask her if she knows me, I'll hold you in contempt of court!"

Many of us go to great lengths to hide the truth about ourselves or we assume that everybody just accepts and approves of who we are and what we do. Why do we do this? In most cases, it's because we're afraid of rejection. We don't think people will like us if they know anything about our past, our failures, our inadequacies, or our problems. So we do everything we can to try and cover them. God knows more about you than you know about yourself (Psalm 139). Yet, he loves you more than you will know.

Does God just ignore our past? No, but He can forgive it. And when He does forgive, He forgets. Your sins are blotted out, removed from your life "as far as the east is from the west" (Psalm 103:12).

In the story, the judge was afraid to hear what the woman might say about him. But we don't have to be afraid to hear what God has to say about us. If we have obeyed His Word then we have received forgiveness and He has nothing but good things to say about us.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward