The New Testament book of Hebrews says that the Word of God is sharper than any double-edged sword. With it God cuts to the heart of man and lays bare what lies inside…the good and the bad. With it the faithful receive saving grace and the wicked their destruction. There is no thought, no intention and no desire that remains secret.
So, why do we fight so hard, at times, against a God Who knows us so completely? Why do we think we might “get away with it” or “come out on top” if we follow our wayward desires? Our Father knows us entirely; much better than we know ourselves. So, why do we persist in choosing what His Word says will lead us to our destruction?
It is because we live in a fallen world and our Heavenly Father created us with a will and the ability to choose. Of course, He longs for us to choose Him, but He never forces that choice upon us. He reaches out to us through His written Word, through His creation which surrounds us and through others whom He brings into our lives. God provides ample opportunities for us to turn and follow Him. It is up to us to respond.
There is nothing you or I have done or could do which is too big for our God. He can cut into the heart of the most hardened murderer, the slyest of thieves or the most committed of adulterers. Yes, the cuts hurt but the words and the promises God spoke into being heal those wounds as we remain in His Word and as we choose to follow His commands. I pray that you and I will continue to choose to follow the Lord. It is the only path to life.
“Heavenly Father I ask You to forgive me for the sins I have chosen. I decide in this moment to follow Your Word and Your commands. I thank You for the saving grace which is mine to receive because of the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I pray that Your double-edged sword cut quick into my heart and expose those areas You know I need to turn over to Your control. I thank You that Your Son, Jesus, has taken up residence in the home of my heart and ask that He removes all things there which go against Your Word. It is in the Name of Jesus that I ask these things. Amen.”
Kami R. Lobner