For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Yesterday, as Penny and I continued our work in converting a double garage into a family room, she gave me an assignment. Several bolts were sticking out of a cement wall where they had held various bins and shelves in place. Could I extract these items.
Since such bolts are intended to go in the wall and stay in the wall, resisting efforts by gravity and random bumps to remove them, I knew my mission would be a challenge. After staring at them for a moment and failing to employ my powers of telekinesis to remove them, I headed for the barn and the Sawzall.
It took me longer to walk to the barn and then change from a wood to a metal-cutting blade than it did to remove the exposed portions of six bolts from the wall. There’s a great feeling that comes with having the right tool to do a job.
For a lot of people today, counseling or psychological therapy is the right tool for getting at the nooks and crannies of the human heart. Go pay Dr. Humbug $100 an hour once a week for six or seven years and you might see some progress.
Or there’s the Word of God. God’s Word is not the perfect tool for every job just as a Sawzall is not the perfect tool to mix concrete. The Bible does not give us much help on how to win at basketball, for example. It doesn’t guide us in designing new gas-efficient cars. It does, however, help us to win at life. It allows us to live efficient lives.
While it is tempting to rely on our own wisdom, our own ingenuity, or the expertise of highly degreed professionals, the problems of the human soul are best handled by him who created that soul. And the tool of choice for removing the bolts of stupidity that we’ve inserted? The words of scripture.