Human beings are a mystery

“God’s word is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates and divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and reflections of the heart. Nothing is concealed from him…” (Heb 4). Human beings are a mystery. Anybody who has any experience with people learns that it is really impossible to figure anyone else out, in depth. That is why people are capable of giving us surprises. The chaste husband can become an adulterer, the devout priest can abandon his ministry, the trusted employee can embezzle.

We cannot see even our own innermost mind and heart. We may think we know ourselves and then give ourselves surprises. “How could I think, say or do this or that!” Fortunately, our salvation does not depend upon our having a perfect knowledge of ourselves. It is sufficient to follow the lead of God with trust because he does know us through and through.


You love me, Lord Jesus, not because I am perfect nor even because I am especially good. You love me so that I may become better. Lead me this day so that I may live in harmony with your will for me.

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