When speaking in terms of aviation and commercial airliners we have all heard of " the black box ". Whenever there is a crash or major problem the experts always go looking for this " black box " or " flight data recorder ", as it is called.
This device is essentially a near indestructible part of an airliner whose function is to record; to record everything pertaining to the life of that flight, so that it may later be retrieved for analysis and adjustments can be made to problem areas.
Now, we already know that things were created in the physical in order to demonstrate the realities of the spiritual. " For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse ." (Rom 1:20) And so it is with this "black box", although not a divine creation it nevertheless demonstrates this very thing. The soul is every bit like an airplane's "black box", recording everything, all events that take place in a person's life, and when the time comes, and we stand before God to account of our lives, this "black box" of the soul/conscience will be opened and all will be naked before Him. " For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known ." (1Cor 13:12)
"Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do ." (Heb 4:13)
Some people go through life not being honest with others thinking they are "getting away with it" or "pulling a fast one"; no one will ever know, they think. And although at times it may indeed appear that that is the case, who is the one really being fooled ? Jesus said, " For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned ." (Mt 12:37)
Once the "black box" of the soul has been opened all will be revealed and all those who have been wronged will stand in judgement at that time and give their recommendations to the Lord. " Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained ." (Jn 20:23)
It was brought out in our lesson no.37 how some people are saved in their heart and are motivated to want to do good, while others only have their Salvation in their heads and give no thought to trying to do right rather than wrong. Those who commit offenses, being truly saved in their spirits, have hope for forgiveness as the wrong committed was most probably a blunder of the mind and not a sin of the heart, and for which they have often received immediate chastisement from God, our Father in Heaven, and dispenser of discipline towards His children.
"Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive ." (Ez 18:27)
" For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons ." (Heb 12:6-8)
So, all the lies, deceits, hypocricies and dishonesties committed in this life do not just fall into some forgotten void, they are stored right there inside of you, in your soul. Ever wonder how God can manage to keep track of everything everyone does or intends in their hearts throughout their entire life ? Now you know.
It's all being recorded in that most intimate part of your being, your soul. It's the only thing that goes back to God from this life. Your body, the vehicle and containment system for your soul dies and stays here. Not so of the spirit, the soul, it is eternal . Always has been, right from the moment of it's creation. And that black box recorder will return to it's place of origin one day and once opened that whole life will be on display.
So, if you have some reproachable secrets locked away in your black box and you want an opportunity to wipe it clean and start over, then submit your heart and soul to the One Who created it, and receive Jesus today. Ask to be forgiven for past unloving behaviour, repent (change your direction) and start living the kind of life you won't be ashamed of when your balck box is opened.
" Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul... "(2Cor 1:23)