What does it feel like when God’s word “pierces” and “divides” and “discerns” and “exposes” our hearts? Let me give you two examples from my own life. Continue reading . . .
Hebrews 4:12-13 declares that “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 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.” But how does this work out in personal experience? What does it feel like when God’s word “pierces” and “divides” and “discerns” and “exposes” our hearts? Let me give you two examples from my own life.
The first came at a time when I was struggling to make sense of God’s sovereignty in salvation. I wasn’t fully aware at the time of how my theology was being shaped and driven by my pride. I wasn’t fully aware or conscious of the fact that I didn’t want to submit to God’s authority and power over my life and my eternal destiny. And then Romans 9:20-21 virtually leapt off the page and punctured my pride. All the air in my arrogance and self-determination was let out and I was left humbled in the presence of God. Here is what Paul said:
“But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?” (Rom. 9:20-21).
I can remember where I was when this passage sliced me open like a sharp two-edged sword. It was the summer of 1971 and I was sitting on a