“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.”
― John R.W. Stott
When I first was saved I was eager to learn. It seemed everything was new. My interaction with the Word did challenge me, confront me, and change me. Is the same true 33 plus years later? Have I become complacent? Have I traded in my eagerness to learn for something less? Am I still teachable? Do I still come to the Word with expectation? Are my ears and heart still open to hear from God? Am I still pliable in His hand? When I am confronted by truth do I allow it to overthrow my patterns of thought and behavior? Do I change as a result of God’s Word to my heart?
When you come to the Word day by day, are you open to whatever God will do in your time together? Do you anticipate being changed by your encounter? Are you willing to change? Not just be changed but to be actively engaged in the process of changing? Are you willing to allow yourself to be confronted and to release your complacency? Will you allow Him to overthrow your patterns of thought and behavior? Will you change?
May I be transparent for a moment? Over the years I have grown subtly less open to be overthrown by the Word of God without even being aware of it. Perhaps you find yourself in the same place? Maybe you are not even aware of it.
When was the last time you were overthrown by the Word of God?
Lord, forgive me.
After serving 16 years full-time on the staff of America’s Keswick, Diane Hunt and her husband moved to North Carolina where she continues to serve part-time as a contributing writer and Partner Care Consultant. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.