“For the word of the Lord is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Sometimes studying the Bible can be unsettling. We read or hear things that we don’t understand; things that don’t seem fair, even things we don’t like or agree with. The verse above tells us that this is to be expected. Studying the Bible sometimes reveals just how sinful we are, how far from understanding God and living according to His will. When that happens it is up to us, not God, to change. This is the process of sanctification and for our own good, we should welcome it and participate in it. Will we ever be perfect? No. Will we ever completely know God? No. But we need to study the Bible seriously so that we can grow toward being the new creation God wants us to be.
Here’s a quote I like about this:
“You know no disturbing voice? God never points out to you a pathway altogether different from the one you had planned? Then you, my brother, you are still in the land of slavery, in the land of darkness.
G. Campbell Morgan
Has God’s word ever called you to do something you hadn’t planned? Tell us about it.