If we are resigned to the fact that we are going to feel what we feel, and that those feelings might not be right, then the most proactive thing we can do is to make sure we are looking at the right thing. To make sure, even in the midst of feeling what we know we should not, that at least our gaze is on the right place. And so then we turn to the New Testament, where we find that which ought to be ever before us.
The Bible tells us the truth. It tells us the truth about God, about the nature of the world, and – perhaps most uncomfortably – about ourselves. We might, in fact, think of the Bible as a pane of glass. And glass can have two primary functions – you can either look through it, or you can see yourself in it. The Bible does both.
We can look through it as a window in order to see a true representation of that which is outside of us. We can see God, the gospel, sin, and the nature of the world around us through this lens. But we can also gaze into it and see ourselves. And if we do not do both, then we aren’t really having our minds transformed into a biblical way of thinking.
On the subject of seeing ourselves, I’d call your attention to one verse in particular today:
The heart is more deceitful than anything else,
and incurable—who can understand it? (Jer. 17:9).
This is indeed an uncomfortable truth. It’s a decidedly different truth than the version of truth we find anywhere else in the world.