God's word in today's world

God’s Word cuts deep


The Word of God is alive and powerful. When you study it, you cannot help but leave from a different door than the one you entered by. These aren’t silent, lifeless, weak words. No, they are powerful enough to make a big sinner repent and kneel quietly at the feet of our Lord.

What a beautiful image.

However, the Word of God is also so powerful that it cuts your heart with a double-edged sword. 12God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel …

The Greek word for knife or sword literally means a double-mouth sword, because it eats everything before it (Barnes). It devours everything, like a lion tearing a buck’s meat from the bone. The Word of God is like a knife that slips into you, cutting open what is hidden inside.

The Word of God is able to bring to light your motives, the real reasons why we do things and not do things. The Bible tends to press on that spot where we hide things from the world, the things that nobody knows about.

It is very simple: 12God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defence, laying us open to listen and obey.

And in a way this kind of scares me. It’s a sword that is going to cut inside me close to my heart. My idea of a sword is those you see on TV when the men have a big sword fight and the hero of the story puts his sword right through the villain’s heart.

But this picture does not depict what the Bible wants to do. The Bible does not want to “cut out” our hidden stories and leave them on the sidewalk where everybody can see them. The Bible doesn’t want to speak ill of us and make us a mockery of the town for all the wrong things we did in life.

Actually, this is a function of the Word of God that applies to you only and no one else. When you read the Word of God and you read a verse about something that you are hiding deep inside you, The Holy Spirit puts the spotlight right on that place.

So that you can see it.

Look, we can hide the stuff so deep that we can’t see it anymore and forget about it. The Bible helps to cut into our deepest parts and exposes those places to us – just us. So that we can get rid of it, can clean it out.

It is still our choice what we do with it. We can take it out, confess our sin and go forward without that package, or we can simply close it and put it away again.

What do you do with the bad things you are hiding?

Scripture
Hebrews 4:12-16

Reflection
Do you read God’s Word?
Does it bring light to the darkness?
Does it light up your darkness?

Prayer
Father, I want to confess my sin. I know I’ve done wrong. I know I sometimes do things that You do not enjoy seeing. Please forgive me. Let your Word light up my whole life and show me where I’m not walking within your will. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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