April 8, 2021

Responding to God's Word

But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
Genesis 3:9-10
It happens so frequently in the Bible that we often overlook it: Important information is revealed only after it is drawn out by God's word. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that that word "is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword," and that "it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."

The word that we have, of course, is the written word. But it is no less powerful than the call of God to Adam in the garden, or Christ's sermon on the mount. Whether affirming or judgmental, joyful or sorrowful, encouraging or demanding, God's word—when heard (or read) in faith—draws from us a response.  The response, however, is not always immediately forthcoming. This is why we should not leave our morning devotions behind, but to carry them with us throughout the day, cogitating on what we read. What is the response God is calling for? What has been revealed to us about God... or about ourselves? In what way is it that we have been—or should be—changed?

And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
 Hebrews 4:13
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name, through Christ our Lord.
 Collect for Purity, 10th century Latin
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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