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Topic: Sharp (03/07/13)
TITLE: God's Piercing Word
By Linda Buskirk
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These verses jumped out at me today. Sure, God’s word is powerful, but my consideration of that had been in terms of the benefits of obeying God’s word - that doing so brings life.
These verses in Hebrews proclaim that the Word is not just wise guidance. It is far more active than that. It pierces and lays back the surface skin of us to reveal the truth of our soul and spirit. The truth... about the way we really compare to what God - the Word - is. The truth... about what we think, we crave, we intend to do. About what we love, we hate, we avoid, we fear, we ignore.
We strive to keep these things hidden inside. After all, why should we display our weaknesses when we can go on looking strong and powerful and righteous? Nice try, but we deceive ourselves. The Word is there, piercing in like a laser. We might fool the world, we might fool ourselves, but we cannot escape the ever-present Word that discerns the truth about us.
Now I see I need to submit to the Word, allowing its power to slash through my layers of pride, prejudice, impatience, false wisdom, love of worldly things and selfishness. I need to see my sins lying there on the kitchen counter, cut out from the healthy body and exposed for what they are: unsavory innards that need to be thrown away.
Thanks be to God, He stands ready to sanctify us even in plain sight of our own weak reality. The next three verses of Hebrews 4 give us that assurance:
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Can we find this mercy and grace without fully understanding and considering how the Word has revealed the truth in us? Yes, I am sure we can. The Word and its grace are there regardless of our level of comprehension. Thank God for that! But how much stronger and deeper our conversion will be when we strive only to see the beauty of God's image reflected in the shiny blade of the powerful sword.
Dear Lord, as I study your Word, help me recognize and admit my weaknesses. Thank you for your assurance that if strive to be more as your Word declares I should be, I will become more as the way you created me to be: In your image. How glorious that will be! Amen.
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