Sunday, November 25, 2012


Lord, let Your words pierce my flesh and settle deep in my heart in such a way that I would die if it is ever removed.

@Bill - this morning during prayer, I had this image of an arrow that was so strategically placed that removing it would bring death to the person. God then told me that His word must be like that to us! He is just AWESOME! Have a blessed day - David

Great imagery, @David. If I can stretch that a little further, your description took me directly to the crucifixion and the spear that pierced Jesus' side. It helped take life from His human body, but it helped give life to the Body of Christ.

That’s a couple of lines from a Facebook thread started by that first line from David Volmer.   David has a prison ministry and started an online community called The God Standard.  That last comment is mine.  The conversation got me thinking about some other things.  Let’s explore those together, a bit.

Every once in awhile there’s a news story about some industrial accident where there’s an explosion and a piece of something goes through someone’s body, but is stuck there.  And we kind of cringe, seeing that.  I don’t know about anyone else, but my usual first response is mentally thinking, “They need to get that out of him!”.  But, often, that’s wrong.  Just taking it out would allow the person to rapidly bleed to death.  It’s better to get them to a hospital where they can stop the bleeding, where they have the tools and expertise to assess the damage, and they can make the necessary repairs.  The same might be said of words.  Sometimes.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 (KJV)  Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Those verses tell an interesting story.  We are to build up (edify) those around us.  I suspect we’re told to “let thy words be few” because we’re not always good at that.  In fact, there are times when our greatest skill seems to be the exact opposite.  I don’t know about anyone reading this, but I’m quite capable of saying the wrong thing, some of the time.  So, God reminds us to “button our lip” if we don’t have something good to say.  Or we can share God’s thoughts.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
God’s Word can build us up or it can cut like a scalpel to expose and remove the thinking that doesn’t line up with His heart.  I share a lot about how God thinks, here, on Twitter, on Google+, and on Facebook.  Sometimes it’s via resharing some nice graphics, sometimes something that’s funny.  God does have a sense of humor.  He’s put up with me for this long.  But I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon.
There have been times when my timing would be such that I might be the first to +1 or like, and the first to comment, and the first to reshare.  Certain ones seem to speak to the moment more than others.  And people are so hungry for real edification that these take on a life of their own.  Some will reshare from seeing my post, some will reshare from someone who reposted mine, others I’m never sure where they found an item, when I see it again.  But people are looking for words of healing, like the balm that was missing in Gilead.
We can use words, including those in the Word, to tear down, wound, and rip apart.  Or we can heal with the words we use.  We can take the spiritually and psychologically weak and build them up to become more than they could ever be without God.  Sometimes, we may need to let God's Word reside in the spiritual wound till it cauterizes our infection, keeping His life in us.  So, just remember that, although God says it nicely, He wants us to build up or shut up.  Who are you building up, today?