So, I’m sitting in a meeting one day (at LifeWay) when I turn to my assistant and say, “I can’t feel my toes. I think I’ll go get an X-ray.” It seemed the little “innocent” fall on my staircase at home four days before had resulted in something that had now made my whole left foot go numb. So I went to a walk-in clinic and did just that—walked in.
I was born at night, but I wasn’t born last night.
I walked up to the receptionist and said something like, “I think I have a problem with my foot and should get an X-ray.” So, she leads me back to the X-ray room and the technician directs me to the table, positions me for the X-ray and asks me, “You want a wheel chair to take you back to the exam room?” “Well,” I replied, “I walked in here, I can walk out.”
She laughed, took the X-ray and then disappeared behind the curtain where they print the pictures. A few moments later she returned, with a wheelchair, and said, “Sit down in this chair. You’re not walking anywhere on that foot.” When I asked her to explain she added, “I can’t tell you what the X-ray shows, the doctor will do that, but you won’t be walking on that foot for a while.” So, I got in the chair and rode down to the exam room as she mumbled something about how all men are alike. I walked in, but I rode out.
BROKEN. In fact, the doctor said, “You need to see a specialist.” A few hours later, I found myself in a full cast… using either crutches or a scooter to get around.
It occurs to me that God has an X-ray machine too. In Hebrews 4 we read about the power of the Word of God. Verse 12 says:
“For the Word of God is living and effective and sharper that any two-edge sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of ideas and thoughts of the heart.” (HCSB)
His Word has the power to look inside, where our eyes cannot see, and tell us what is there. It exposes the unseen, the hidden and tucked-away attitudes of our hearts, and brings them to light. Verse 13 adds, “… all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.” God’s Word takes perfect X-rays – in 3-D high definition.
And since we will give an account to Him some day for all those things, God gave us a way to see what is there now, so we can deal with it. And that way is His Word. I can’t help but think about all the times I’ve walked into His Word and crawled out, because of the conviction and the power He brought to my life as the two-edge sword carved through my soul.
Don’t wait until your soul is so numb you can’t even feel it anymore. And, if you are not in His Word, you will soon get that way. Determine to walk into His Word — every day — and allow the Spirit of God to give you an accurate picture of what is there.
And the grace of God will be there as well, as you crawl out, more like Him and ready to make a difference in the world.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.