"For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
Two weeks ago I quoted and talked about Romans 10:17 in my "Knots That Bind #5..." blog. It says
"Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."
I couldn't stop thinking about this topic so I was lead in my studying to this verse in Hebrews 4 today.
What is hearing?
Merriam-Webster Dictionary says to hear is "to gain information: learn." What better opportunity to learn than from the Word of God that is alive, full of power and sharp enough to divide between how we act or try to be perceived and how we truly are.
I can't tell you how many times I've sat down and thought "Sarah, who are you? Really?" It astounds me that I frequently don't even recognize or know myself. I do things that seem so unlike me and often don't do the things that I think I would be doing. So in this scripture I have found a promise, if I really want to know who I am, I can go to the Word of God and let it show me. Then after learning who it is I really am I can move towards being more like Him, through faith.
Perhaps this is why I and many people so frequently veer away from the Word of God. We conjure up all kinds of excuses why our Bibles remain on the bookshelf all week till we dust it off and take it to church with us Sunday. We don't have the time, we don't understand it and need someone else to explain it to us, we forget. The one that keeps popping up in my life is the fact that I have read through the bible cover to cover multiple times, I don't even remember how many times anymore, but I know I am foolish if I think I have even made a dent in my knowledge of the entire word that the Lord has for me.
Why do I resists digging through it continuously with a hunger for more?
Maybe it is because of its swordlike qualities. Isn't it easier to live in sin or even complacency if I lie to myself about who I really am? Then the Word brings a mirror close to my face and shows me the real me. No wonder I keep my eyes averted.
The other night I was taking my makeup off at the side of my bed and didn't bother to look in the mirror to make sure I had gotten my face entirely clean. The next morning I stumbled toward the bathroom and happened to glance at a mirror on the way in. Ahhh! I looked like someone had swirled black smudges all over the upper half of my face. In fact I'm sure they did. It was me the night before, thinking I was wiping the eyeliner off but instead I was just moving it around.
Imagine if I hadn't seen myself, or if I decided one day that I didn't like the mirror showing me stuff like that. I could walk out of my house never knowing what face I am showing to others. No matter what comes out of my mouth or how cheerful I might be, the reality of what I really looked like would be a distraction many wouldn't be able to ignore.
I need that mirror. I need the Word of God and it's ability to dig down deep into those joints and marrow. This isn't something I can do for myself. It's not even something I could rely on the person I think is closest to me or knows me best to do. Only His Word. His living, powerful, swordlike Word.
Here we go mirror/sword, let's see who I really am.
(This is my newest blog in a weekly series where I share my thoughts behind some of my favorite scriptures out of the bible. If you want to see why I've started this weekly undertaking you can go back and read my blog called "Pirates And Their Knots...")