I’ve seen it happen… maybe you have as well: A hard, God-rebelling, Christ resisting, Christian hating, Bible rejecting person suddenly changed, transformed by the message of the Gospel and God’s grace! And what is interesting is that in many of these cases it takes place somewhere, sometime, even in an unexpected context. The hardened person happens to hear God’s word preached, or they picked up a Bible and just began to read it. The message of Scripture supernaturally penetrated their heart, they turned from their sin and rebellion, and embraced Christ as their Savior and Lord! A group of wonderful laymen who place copies of the Bible in hotel rooms and in the hands of anyone who will receive them, the Gideons, have thousands of wonderful stories like this to tell! The power of the gospel! A dynamic encounter with the Word of God changes lives!
I thought of that this morning as I read these words from Hebrews during my time of “coffee with the Lord”…
“For THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE AND POWERFUL! It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. NOTHING in all creation is hidden from God! EVERYTHING is naked and exposed before his eyes, and He is the one to whom we are accountable! (Hebrews 4:12–13 NLT)
The passage just before this begins with individuals determined to go their own way, seeking “rest” in all the wrong places and the wrong ways. They reject God… God’s word… anything religious, in self pursuit – their quest for “rest!” And then, a Holy Spirit initiated and generated, encounter with God Himself, though His word! Their lives are transformed and the elusive quest for “rest” that they pursued so diligently and feverishly is found by laying down their self-pursuit and trusting Christ! It’s a miracle! Praise God for the power of His Word!