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. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
Reading the Bible shouldn’t make us feel comfortable, in fact if it doesn’t make us feel uncomfortable it is likely to show our hardness of heart. There is little in life compared to reading the Bible and the way it shines a spotlight on areas of life where we need God’s holiness. Reading the Bible makes us confront aspects of our lives that don’t match up to what God wants for us.
The verse above from Hebrews 4 reminds us that the Word of God helps us to deal with physical aspects of sin, but also with our ‘… thoughts and attitudes …’ Our thoughts and attitudes are generally very private, but when the spotlight of the Bible shines on them there is no place to hide. Although I’ve used the idea of the Bible as a spotlight, it can also be thought of as a searchlight. This might be a better picture as Paul describes the word of God as being ‘alive’ and ‘active’. The searchlight is constantly on the move, looking into dark corners, highlighting what is hidden.
Don’t give up reading the Bible, especially when it makes you feel uncomfortable. It is a sure sign that the Holy Spirit is working in your life.
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