It Cuts Both Ways
When I encounter the Word of God, especially those parts that contradict what I believe and how I behave, how do I react?
Compare the responses of Micaiah and King Jehoiachim below. Which am I more like?
When Micaiah...heard the messages from the Lord, he went down to the secretary's room in the palace where the administrative officials were meeting...When Micaiah told them about the messages Baruch was reading to the people,the officials sent Jehudi...to ask Baruch to come and read the messages to them, too. So Baruch took the scroll and went to them...
When they heard all the messages, they looked at one another in alarm. "We must tell the king what we have heard," they said to Baruch...The officials left the scroll for safekeeping in the room of Elishama the secretary and went to tell the king what had happened.
The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll. Jehudi brought it from Elishama's room and read it to the king as all his officials stood by. It was late autumn, and the king was in a winterized part of the palace, sitting in front of a fire to keep warm. Each time Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king took a knife and cut off that section of the scroll. He then threw it into the fire, section by section, until the whole scroll was burned up. Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard. Even when Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah begged the king not to burn the scroll, he wouldn't listen. -Jeremiah 36
Dear God, help me be sensitive to Your Word. Help me to humbly submit any part of my life that does not match your Word. Alert my soul to be in fear of going against Your Word in the slightest way. Please continue to transform me with Your Word. Amen.
--Matt Gregory (Lead Pastor @ Soul Purpose Community Church)