“Sharper than any double-edged sword.” Heb 4:12 NIV
Does reading the Bible sometimes make you uneasy? Does the sermon feel like it’s directed at you? “The word of God is…Sharper than any double-edged sword…it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit…Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered…before…him to whom we must give account” (vv. 12-13 NIV). When it comes to judging our motives, Jesus, the Great Physician, can determine with laser precision the difference between what’s healthy in our lives and what needs to be removed. Author Jon Walker writes: “A cyst developed under the skin of my right hand…and since I was a journalist I had to do something about it. The procedure was delicate, requiring the surgeon to cut at just the right point…He was confident he could do it …but I was nervous…He did an excellent job and the only reminder I have is a slight scar …The Word of God is as delicate and precise as a surgeon skillfully removing a cyst from cartilage…He operates with perfection…slices away bad attitudes, thoughts, motives, and actions ‘laying us open to listen and obey’” (v. 13 TM). When God speaks to you it’s for a purpose—to bring your life into conformity to Christ. And your response should always be, “Search me, O God, and know my heart” (Ps 139:23). Let the Word of God highlight the areas in your life that need work. Don’t run from the process; remember when “God steps in and corrects you…he wounds, but he also dresses the wound; the same hand that hurts you, heals you” (Job 5:17-18 TM).