For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Here is a passage that highlights the mystery of God’s Word. Because the Word comes from God, it is a living thing. When it interacts with us, it penetrates our rational defenses and reveals the deep intentions of our hearts. Because its truth is undeniable, we must make a choice as to whether we will follow it or resist it. This interaction is painful because it shows us the kind of person we truly are. But the Word is good and intends to lead us to life, so we must put our trust in it and allow it to shape our lives.
Lord, send me your living Word. Enable me to see myself as I truly am, and let your Word do its good work within me.
Take a moment in deep self-reflection and ask yourself if you really want God to change you. Imagine someone who is sick and goes to the doctor who then prescribes the remedy. The sick person then needs to decide if they will follow through with the prescription. I imagine that doctors are often frustrated with patients who refuse to follow through. Jesus once asked a sick man, “Do you want to get well?” On the surface, it appears a silly question, but Jesus never said anything silly. Jesus had the power to heal the man, but would not impose the healing, so he asked the question. If the man accepted the healing, it would mean a radical change of life, and did he really want that change? Likewise, God has many good things he wishes to do in your life, but do you really want God to do his work? Or are you content to remain where you are? So ask yourself the same question, “Do you want to get well?” Then return your answer to God.