Daily Devotion, 08/22/2018, “Deep Words”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NIV For the word of God is alive 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. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Today’s passage gives me great hope that my heart’s deepest wounds can be healed and darkest struggles overcome. God sees everything within me as He “judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” That’s not a reason to fear God, it is instead a reason to trust Him more. That which is “uncovered,” “laid bare” and seen by God is all done so in the context of love, grace and restoration. All that He sees deep below the surface that is not of Him is of great concern to Him because of His love for me. As I meditate on His Word with a heart that is open and submissive to Him, He will show me the places that He wants to tenderly cut away and restore.
Think about that. We don’t spend time in the Word of God primarily to learn what it says, to fulfill an obligation or to be equipped to help others. Our primary focus must always be, in a sense, selfish. We should be thinking, “What’s in it for me?” in the sense that we desire for God to do more of His deep work within us as we read, mediate on and pray through His Word.
May you read God’s Word selfishly. May you take the time to let Him show you the good work He wants to do in you with what you’re reading. You are loved!