It's Got to go Deep
Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says!’ Ezekiel 3:10-11
These were God’s words to Ezekiel. When I read them, I immediately knew that they were God’s reminder for me that His truth must first sink deep in my heart before it comes out my mouth. I need to listen to it carefully for myself. How easy it is to apply it to someone else rather than starting with the condition of our own hearts.
So the natural question is HOW do we let God’s Word sink deep into our hearts? We need to make the time to examine our lives against the mirror of God’s truth. God doesn’t want us to pass on truth that we haven’t internalized, or that we don’t understand or live. In Joshua 1:8, it tells us to meditate on it day and night. That means we don’t hurry through passages. We go over and over verses until we understand what God is saying to us and then we adjust our lives.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God’s Word is sharp. It penetrates. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Letting God’s Word sink deep will be painful and uncomfortable at times because we need it to be. Our thoughts and attitudes can be sinful. We often prefer to live in denial or shift the blame rather than to let His Word do its work in our lives. It is all too easy to jump on the bandwagon of a worldly agenda rather than to search and live by the principles that God has laid out for us in Scripture.
When we take the time to meditate on a specific verse or passage, we need to ask God to search our hearts (Psalm, 139:23-24), to show us the truth about our lives, and to let the Spirit work, however painful it may be. Here is the great news, letting God’s Word sink deep in our hearts is the very thing that renews our minds and transforms our lives (Romans 12:2). Then, we will not only pass on the truth of God’s Word, but its power for transformation, too.
Posted on Fri, May 25, 2012
by Cathy Hurtado