And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. (1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV)
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. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12, 13 ESV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105 ESV)
The Word of God is at work in us. It is living and active. It divides between soul and spirit and lays us bear. It is a light for us to walk with. We either run to God’s Word for guidance and comfort and instruction and so that we can know God by it, or we run away from it and try to put it out of our minds. It confronts and corrects and shapes us and shows us our hearts. God’s Word brings transformation.
Many times, we don’t want to see our hearts. We do not want to know our true motives. We want to go on living in deception thinking that we are okay – when God’s Word tells us that we are not. So, we push it out of our minds or we distort it or argue it to pieces so that it loses its power. We either disregard it completely or we break it apart into tiny pieces that we think we can control.
God’s Word has power to show us our true state and our true need for a Savior. And, we often do not like that because we want to be our own savior. We do not want to be laid low. We want something in us that will commend us before God and others – and before ourselves. But, God’s Word does not grant us that luxury. It shows us our fault and then shows us our only hope.
God’s Word points to Jesus (the Word – John 1) as our only hope and salvation. If you do not want to come to Jesus, then you will not want to be influenced by God’s Word. If you think you can save yourself or if you think that something else will save you or give you life meaning, then you will not go to God’s Word to speak into your life because you will have to forfeit your idols and change. I think that most people know this intuitively, so they run or they try to change God’s Word.
It points us to Christ. We like Jesus but we often like the Jesus that is not rooted in Scripture. We often like the Jesus that we make up in our own minds and not the objective Jesus of Scripture who calls us to take up our cross and follow Him. The objective Jesus of Scripture deals with our pride and our self-sufficiency and He says, “Come to me.”
Will we let God’s Word be at work in us? Will I?