November 16 2017 – Click here to listen
Once when I was in the 8th grade, there was a kid in our room who had a severe hearing problem. To compensate for it, he wore hearing aides in both ears. These devices were cumbersome by today’s standards. They were very large and had big volume controls on them whereby he could adjust the sound up or down. Several of my friends and I decided to play a trick on him. We pretended to be talking, moving our lips, but not making any sound. He moved his head forward trying to hear what we were saying and began turning the volume all of the way up on his hearing aides. At this point, we all yelled as loud as we could and squealed with laughter as he covered his ears and tried to turn the volume back down.
As I have thought of this stupid cruel act through the years, I have often wished that I could have apologized to him for it. I wish that I would have not participated in it, and in fact stopped the others from doing such a mean thing. I have forgotten his name and would not know him if he lived next door. I am ashamed of doing such an idiotic thing. It is only one of many idiotic things that I have done throughout my life. Unfortunately all of them are recorded in God’s Book of Life. God will remind me one day what this boy’s name is and every detail will be exposed. The Bible teaches that one day ALL things will be revealed.
Every dark deed that has been done will be exposed. Everything has been recorded and when we die, we will be required to kneel before a Holy God and give an accounting for them. Jesus Christ took the punishment for all of the stupid things that I have done in my life and I will not have to be separated from God because of my sins. I praise Him for that; however, as I understand the Bible, I will still have to give an accounting for them. How humiliating that will be.
We all do good and bad things throughout our lives. We should always remember that our every action is being recorded and will one day be exposed and visible for all to see. I’m looking forward to living in paradise forever, but I’m not looking forward to this review of my life, particularly the first 25 years.
. . . Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.