Think of those old cop shows where there’s the lead detective, the suspect, a table, a chair, and a dimly lit lightbulb swinging from the ceiling. The detective appears to know everything but the suspect ain’t talking. A bit of a stand-off inside four walls ensues. So the detective starts the conversation, the questioning.
“Do you know why you’re here?”
The suspect doesn’t answer.
“Where were you last night?”
Still no answer.
The questions keep coming. And the suspect refuses to make a statement. Then the evidence appears. It’s tossed on the table. But still it’s not enough; the suspect isn’t impressed or worried.
Then there’s a knock on the door. More evidence is handed to the detective. The detective looks it over. It’s more than enough for an arrest and conviction. But he doesn’t show it to the suspect. At least not yet. With no more questions in light of this new evidence, the detective points to the one way mirror. The suspect glances over.
“There’s someone behind the mirror who was there last night and has been many nights before,” the detective says. “Your guilt He can and will testify to. But instead all He wants is your willing confession, and your complete awareness of Him and all He knows about you.” “And you can go free!”
How many of us remain in that interrogation room for a lifetime? Unwilling to confess and move on in Christ? Reluctant to walk out of that room knowing we’re free?
David in the 139th chapter of Psalm is in an interrogation room if you will. Just David and the Lord. ‘You know me God.’ ‘There is nothing about me you’re unaware of.’ ‘Everywhere I am, You are.’ ‘There is nowhere I can go that you’re not with me.’ And when David goes on to say “If I”, in later verses, he recognizes that the door to God has always been open. He accepts that God already knows his heart, God already knows his thoughts, and that he wants God to direct them both. ‘Keep me fully aware of you Lord,’ is his cry. And he goes free.
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Romans 10:10
The interrogation room isn’t an irredeemable sentence, it’s a new chapter. Thank you Father.
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