“You created my inmost self,
knit me together in my mother’s womb.
My being held no secrets from you,
when I was being formed in secret.
Your eyes could see my embryo.”
(Psalm 139.13-16 New Jerusalem Bible)
A person is the sum of genetics, geography, culture, and upbringing. This is beyond the control of a naked, innocent, non-judgmental baby who will become influenced for good or bad from the first moment of stimuli.
God can, if He chooses, affect this. He has done this throughout the history of mankind. (Psalms 139.13-16; 22.9, 10; Jeremiah 1.4; Galatians 1.15) Only the judgment of history can determine if this has been done with any human being.
When any person begins to write a story of personal history, or autobiography, they must realize the record is imperfect for it is affected by certain built in imperfections: biases and prejudices, limits and accuracy of memory. However, if this is done from a guileless heart without a hidden agenda the account ought to have the ring of truth to it.
Every person has a most interesting story to tell. A life is much like a novel. It is not fair to judge the person based on only the cover, or a few pages of a single episode. If we judged King David only by 2 Samuel chapter 11 we rightly condemn him. However, if we read his entire story, the imperfect sinner becomes endearing to us and we agree with God that David was “a man after my own heart.”
In a real way, whether we write our own autobiography or not, such a record is already being prepared by the “Judge of all the Earth” which will one day be revealed to us – along with the final, irrevocable decision of the Eternal Judge, the King of Eternity. If we approach each day as a new page in the Divine Dairy we will find ourselves less judgmental of others and determined to make this unrepeatable entry something to take pride in.
Nazarene Commentary 2000©
Mark Heber Miller
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