While visiting my son’s family, I was enjoying the company of my 7 year old grandson, Quinlan.
Suddenly, he started singing a song: “Don’t you wish your monkey was hot like me?” (WHAT?)
When I asked, ‘what’s up with THAT?’ he told me that he heard a song on the radio that said, “Don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?”
He went on to inform me that he didn’t have a girlfriend because he was too little, but, he would really like to have a monkey.
AND, he continued, his mama kept telling him to put his coat on but he never does because he’s always HOT and doesn’t need it; inspiring his personalized version of the popular song. I laughed till I hurt!
Sometimes, Christians struggle with the Word of God. Our life doesn’t really line up so we try to change the original intent to fit our attitude or activities. The Word is hard sometimes, especially when we want what we want; even though we know what we want isn’t what God wants for us!
We try to rationalize the circumstances and convince ourselves ‘that’s not REALLY what the scripture means’. When we do this, we set aside the power of the Word to convict our hearts.
We do what we want; convincing ourselves we’re not REALLY out of God’s will. But, the truth is, God’s Word brings conviction for a reason; to mold us into the image of Christ. We can deafen our ears to the quiet conviction, ignoring the gentle leading of the Holy Spirit, but the Word of God stands strong.
The next time the Holy Spirit convicts our heart of something that isn’t “quite right” in our life, we need to step back and seek God’s direction to bring change to our heart. We need to stop seeking ways to change God’s Word to fit what we’re doing and start letting God’s Word change us.
Hebrews 4:12 The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to the dividing of soul and spirit; joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.