Penetrating Word of God
the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge
of the ideas and thoughts of the heart.—Hebrews 4:12
Does God's word ever cause you discomfort? When you read the Bible does what
you read make you uneasy? Do you find when you listen to sermons, that the
Scripture seems aimed directly at you? You are experiencing the reality that the
word of God is alive and can read your thoughts and judge your intentions.
When God's word speaks to you it is always for a purpose. God knows your
heart and knows what you need to do to bring your life into conformity to
Christ. If you have a problem with sinful talk, the word that comes to you will
address the tongue. If you are struggling to forgive, God's word will confront
you with His standard for forgiveness. If pride has a stronghold in your life,
God's word will speak to you about humility. Whatever sin needs addressing, you
will find you are confronted by God's word on the matter.
One way you can escape the discomfort of conviction is to avoid hearing God
speak to you. You may neglect reading your Bible and stay away from places where
it is taught. You may avoid those whom you know will uphold the truths of
Scripture. The best response, however, is to pray as the psalmist did: "Search
me, O God, and know my heart” (Ps. 139:23).
Regularly allow the word of God to wash over you and find any sin or impurity
Always make the connection between your life and what God is saying to you
through His word. Make a habit of taking every word from God seriously, knowing
that it is able to judge your heart and mind.—Experiencing God Day by Day