“If Only I Had a Mirror”

A missionary doctor was on his rounds in a remote African village, trying to relieve the suffering of many who were undernourished and ill in other ways.

Whilst he was working there, he saw a man in the village with a large wound in his forehead, which was badly infected. He called the man over to him and said that his wound was serious and was in need of immediate treatment. No matter how the doctor argued and even the fellow villagers joined with him, no one could convince this man that the wound was as bad as they were saying!

“If only I had a mirror!” thought the doctor.

That evening, some friends of his came to visit, and he saw that one of them had a hand-mirror in their possession. He asked this lady if he could borrow the mirror on his rounds the next day, to which she gladly agreed. So, armed with this mirror, as soon as it was morning, the doctor hurried through the bush to the village, in order to find his reluctant patient.

As soon as the injured man saw his face in the mirror he was terrified, and pleaded with the doctor to do all he could to heal him.

How true a picture this is of mankind in general!

Whilst almost all will admit that they are not perfect until they have been shown their true state in the light of the mirror of God’s Word and holy law, none will seek the only remedy which is in Christ Jesus.

Are you like this foolish man who would not face up to the true report of his state, or do you pray as David did: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).

By Gerald D. Buss

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