Spiritual Sunday: God’s Word is PenetratingPosted: December 9, 2012
There is a very powerful statement written by Paul, found in Hebrews 4:12, and it goes like this:
For the word of God is living 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.
I often come up with my own ideas about my life. I think I know who I am, how I feel, and what I should be doing. But when I read the Bible, sometimes I feel my life start to shift. Something inside of me will stir, and it awakens part of me that I didn’t know existed. This verse in Hebrews helps me understand why that happens. When I let God’s word inside my heart, it is penetrating. It gets inside of me, pierces my heart, and makes a place for itself. How I react to the word of God says a lot about my true thoughts and intentions.
One example of this is who I am as a wife and a mother. When I began my new chapter as a stay-at-home mom, I felt like I had lost some of my purpose in life. I had this picture in my head that a successful woman should have it all: family and a career. I had both for several years, and it was hard for me to find purpose in being just a housewife. And then I came across Proverbs 31:10-31 and read how God’s word describes a “wife of noble character.” The way God sees a wife is as someone “worth far more than rubies.” This kind of wife is “clothed in strength and dignity” and “She speaks with wisdom” and “She watches over the affairs of her household.” This kind of wife does the cleaning, the cooking, and makes certain that her family is taken care of, and she does it all with with confidence. This sister owns her position! She sees her role as important, because God sees it as important. In fact, the passage ends with this verse:
Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Those words penetrated me. The word of God 1) made me realize how little I was valuing my role as a wife and mother and 2) made me take charge of those roles and really own them the way God intended me to. Working or not, my place in our household has a very significant value.
How does God’s word penetrate your heart? Feel free to leave a comment or a link to your own post for anything that’s moved you in a spiritual way this week.
Have a happy Sunday, friends!