I love God’s Word. I love how I can read a passage that I’ve read many times before but have it speak to me in a way that seems fresh and brand new. That ability to convict and challenge us is what the author of Hebrews is talking about in chapter 4:
12 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. 13 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.
The Bible is living and active and is the primary way that God speaks to His people. During our last message series, Unsettled, Rusty, Bulldog, Brandon and I all addressed the importance of hearing from God through prayer, reading His word and fellowship with others. No one knows me better than God; He knows what is deep inside my heart – the things I long for, the things I’m afraid of, the things that have wounded and scarred me. Nothing is hidden from Him. I may be able to hide my thoughts and feelings from others, but not from Him.
If you’ve ever taken a psychology class, you may remember learning about the Johari Window. It was developed in the 1950’s by two psychologists, Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham. It’s a technique that’s used to help people understand themselves and others better and has been used in counseling situations as well as in corporate arenas to enhance communication in teams. There are four quadrants in the “window” that represent four different combinations:
· Open – known to self and known to others (also called arena)
· Blind spot – unknown to self but known to others
· Hidden area – known to yourself but unknown to others
· Unknown area – unknown to self and unknown to others
The Johari Window came up in some reading I was doing this week and it immediately made me think about these verses in Hebrews. There is nothing about me that is unknown to God, even things that may be currently unknown to me. We live in a "self-help” age where really knowing yourself is encouraged and applauded but we will never know ourselves without knowing God. He created you and me and knows every step we will take each day. There is no unknown quadrant with God.
What role does God’s Word have in your life? Do you make reading it and meditating on it a priority?
Executive Director of Education and Outreach