Identity Theft & God’s Incredible Search Engine

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“Who steals my purse steals trash,
but he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him
And makes me poor indeed.” Shakespeare

According to Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt, young people should be allowed to change their names to escape their misspent youth. He also predicted that in the future, Google will know so much about its users that the search engine will be able to help them plan their lives.

Wow!

What an amazing statement! No doubt, many find this kind of personal invasion quite frightening. And legislators are scrambling to curb the degree to which technology allows companies to know our private lives.

Individuals and companies are springing up on the Net to warn against and exploit this identity-theft fear.

We marvel at and fear this level of sophisticated technology. But…

we have much more to fear.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
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Changing our names won’t protect us.

There is only one change that protects – the change God works in those who place their faith in the work of Christ. The Holy Spirit takes our wicked, vile, God-hating heart and re-creates it in true righteousness and holiness – in the image of Jesus Christ – the image of God. This is the gospel – that Christ died for sinners.

“…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Then we will rejoice with the Psalmist when he says:

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
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139:1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

139:1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain!
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!