Posted by Anthony DiGeorgio Monday, May 24, 2010 at 7:03 PM
Hebrews 4:12-13 - 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
I often find myself thinking about doing something - telling a "small, white lie", taking a quarter (that isn't mine) from the kitchen counter, laughing at something evil - that doesn't seem so bad, and telling myself the no one will know. There are bigger, worse things that I do as well.
Have you ever noticed, too, that it is hard to read the Bible when we are sinning a lot? If I run across a Christian who is deep in sin and ask them, "Have you been reading your Bible lately?" the answer is almost always "no." If they do answer yes, I give them a stern, unbelieving look - you know the one - and they almost always fold.
The reason it is harder for us to read the Bible when we are in sin is because of the power it has. "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Have you ever had a sword slice through you? That is what the Bible does to us spiritually when it reveals the sin in our lives. It hurts us, and thus when we subconsciously know it will hurt us to read it, because we are in sin, we make excuses to avoid it.
I am asking you to think about this. Is this what you do? Does the Bible reveal faults in your own life that you don't want to face? If so, you must not turn from the Bible but rather turn towards it! Let those things be revealed so that you can fix them, and therefore become a better servant of the Lord.
In Christ's Love,