The Heart-Searching Word Of God
By Andrew Murray (1828 – 1917)
The Word of God is like seed – everything depends on the treatment it receives. Some receive the Word with the understanding – and there it cannot be quickened. The Word is meant for the heart, the will, the affections. The Word must be submitted to, must be lived, must be acted out. When this is done it will manifest its living, quickening power. It is not we who have to make the Word alive. When, in faith in the life and power there is in the Word, the heart yields itself in humble submission and honest desire to its action, it will prove itself to be life and power.
“For the word of God is…a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). It is specially with the heart that God’s Word deals. In Hebrews chapter three we read of the hardened heart, the evil heart of unbelief, the erring heart (3:8-15). When the word “heart” occurs later in the Epistle we shall find everything changed – we shall read of a heart in which God’s law is written, of a true heart, a heart sprinkled with the blood, a heart stablished by grace (8:10; 10:22; 13:9). We have here the transition from the one to the other. God’s appeal was, “...Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts…” (3:7-8, 15). The heart that will but yield itself to be searched by God’s Word, to have its secret thoughts and intents discerned and judged by it, will be freed from its erring and unbelief, and quickened and cleansed, and made a living table on which the Word is written by God Himself. Oh, to know how needful it is, but also how blessed, to yield our hearts to the judgment of the Word.
Yield to God and His Word
“Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight; but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (4:13). God’s Word bears the character of God Himself. He is the all-knowing and all-pervading – nothing can hide itself from the judgment of His Word. If we will not have it judge us now, it will condemn us hereafter. For all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Yes, the God with whom we have to do is He of whom we later read, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (10:31). And again, “…Our God is a consuming fire” (12:29).
Let each of us gladly yield ourselves to Him. If perhaps there be a secret consciousness that all is not right, oh, let us beware of setting such thoughts aside. It is the first swelling of the living seed of the Word within us. Do not regard that thought as coming from yourself, or from man who brings you God’s Word; it is God waking you out of sleep. Have to do with Him. Be willing that the Word should show you what is wrong. Be not afraid of its discovering to you your sin and wretchedness. The knife of the physician wounds to heal. The light that shows you your sin and wrong will surely lead you out. The Word is living and will give you life.
God has spoken to us in His Son. This is the keynote of the Epistle of Hebrews. Today, if you hear His voice, harden not your heart. Let us hearken, let us yield to the Word. As we deal with the Word, so we deal with God. And so will God deal with us.
Judge of your life not by what your heart says, or the church, or the so-called Christian world, but by what the Word says. Let it have its way with you – it will greatly bless you. Oh, lay everything open before God, the God with whom we have to do, whether we will or not.
The Word is living and active. Have great faith in its power. Be sure that the Holy Spirit, that the living Word, that God Himself works in it. The Word ever points to the living God, who is present in it, and makes it a living Word in the heart that is seeking for life and for God.
– Adapted from The Holiest of All.