Nobody Knows

By Stan Mitchell
You no doubt remember that beautiful Spiritual, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, nobody knows but Jesus.”
The inner chambers of the FBI and CIA are not as secretive and private as the human heart!
“The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy” (Proverbs 14:10, ESV).
A loving and understanding friend is an undeniable blessing, but even the most intuitive friend is limited by human frailties. He cannot know our deepest sorrow, nor can he share our greatest joys. There is only one individual who can read the heart, and his blessing is to be sought beyond all else.
“Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord; how much more the hearts of the children of man!” (Proverbs 15:11).
There are times when it’s as well that others can’t read our heart’s deepest feelings; those fragile feelings aren’t safe in their hands. But the one who does see even our deepest longings and fears would have us know that they are safe in his hands.
Somebody knows; it’s Jesus!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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