The bane of world leaders, media reporters, and highly visible public figures is to be caught with "hot mic" or "open mic," as it is also commonly called. A "hot mic" occurs when a very public figure says something very inappropriate, not realizing the microphone was still on and the camera rolling. Take for example some of the gaffes by some powerful world leaders:
French President Sarkozy to President Obama of Israeli President Netanyahu: "I can't stand him. He's a liar." to which Obama replied, "...what about me? I have to deal with him every day."
...or this massive snafu by then Presidential candidate Trump in an interview with Billy Bush, that provoked bipartisan disgust and ire: "When you're a star, they let you do it." referring to some females' responses to inappropriate touch.
You may be surprised to know that "hot mic" snafus are not a modern day phenomenon because of technology, but indeed, have been around for thousands of years. In fact, the whole world is on "hot mic," because God and all of heaven and earth [Deuteronomy 30:19] are listening to the comments you make in private—even in your thoughts.
Remember Sarah? Abraham's wife? When God told Abraham that his wife, past her ninetieth year, would bear a child. Overhearing this conversation, the bible says that "Sarah laughed to herself." [Genesis 18:12]
While not aware that God had been listening, she heard Him question her husband, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, "Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?" Can you imagine how she felt, finding out she had a "hot mic?" And like all those who are embarrassed after being caught, she choose one of the two common responses—deny or apologize. Sarah denied it, "I did not laugh."
God's response to her laughter was kind, even though it was a insult to His power and might, "Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appropriate time I will return to you ...and Sarah shall have a son." [Genesis 18:14]
Have you had a "hot mic" experience of doubt lately? Have you been boasting to your friends about what God can do, but in the secret chambers of your mind, when all alone, with your bills, as a single mom, a struggling father, waiting for that job, you begin to doubt God?
Don't let God catch you on a "hot mic," confessing fear, failure and hopelessness, in whatever situation you are going through.
Rather than wallow in a deluge of doubt and self pity, God wants us to double down on our faith in Him, knowing that he has an "appropriate time" to meet your need.
James the apostle said that a person of wishy-washy faith statements, "ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double minded man, unstable in all his ways." [James 1:7-8]
Whether public or private, may our narratives of faith echo loudly in the chambers of life, "There is nothing too difficult for my God."
Remember! God has you on "hot mic!"