Jeremiah 23:29 reads, “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” (KJV)
Christians need to understand that the Bible is not only our source of comfort. It is very often the source of our bruising. If you have never felt the fires of conviction or the shattering blows of rebuke (corrections), you are not making progress as a disciple of Christ. The Bible is a burning fire, a sharp instrument, a hammer, that burns, divides, discerns, and reaches into the depths of our personality and examines the thoughts and motives of our heart (Hebrews 4:12).
One of the problems that we face today is the continual preaching of sugar-coated faith. Faith in God is not like Aladdin’s lamp that grants every wish. The man who constantly preaches “peace, peace,” is misleading his flock (Jeremiah 6:14). There are times the Bible does not give peace. If you practice sin, the Bible will give you the fires of conviction. People do not like conviction. They love the preacher who offers just honey, peace, joy, and security. This is what the natural man craves. Jesus tells His apostles that following Him brings great rewards, but with persecutions (Mark 10:30). Jesus wants to bring us home to heaven safe and sound. That is why some days the Word of God leaves us hurting and crying. Jesus knows that His fire and His blow will change us, correct us, refine us, and mature us. 2 Timothy 4:2-4 reads, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (KJV).
Yes, the Word of God comforts. It also confronts to make us mature, responsible, patient. In the seventies a popular saying read, “Praise God; He is not finished with me yet.” Our prayer should be, “Jesus keep working on me. Confront in me that which does not please you.”
Pastor George Belobaba
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