Every now and again, when I walk into my house, I use the sanitiser I’ve stationed right at my room door. I’ve been trying to make it a habit, some days I remember, some days I don’t, but here’s celebrating the effort.
I walked in yesterday and I remembered, so I took the bottle, poured some in my hands and in a few seconds of rubbing together, I started to scream, it felt like there was fire in it burning my hand.
I ran to the bathroom to wash off and realised as I turned on the tap that it wasn’t fire, I had hurt myself and the alcohol component in the sanitiser was probably what gave that reaction to the wound as most antiseptics will.
It took a few minutes for the pain to wear off before I could properly attend to the wound that I did not know how or when I got.
As I lay in my bed last night, the Holy Spirit said to me that “Gods word works exact same way, or at least, it should”. Gods word is a revealer, or as the bible calls it, a mirror. The bible will not always give us the butterfly feeling in our bellies, more than that, it should be giving us the “ouch” and “ouu” as it comes face to face with the wounds in our souls that God is trying to heal through His word.
Nobody celebrates in pain, it’s more a sober feeling and sometimes tears. It should raise concerns when we read the bible and we never have any of such reactions because it will mean that we are perfect and the truth is we’re still on the journey there, through the help of Gods Spirit.
The other day I said something to my sister which the Holy Spirit was not too pleased with and when I got to my room, He made me repeat a sentence out to myself 3 times to remind me what was expected of me and not what I did. I felt a sort of way at the time but in retrospect, I’m ecstatic that I enjoy the chastising of Gods Spirit and His word.
The bible says that a husband ought to cleanse his wife by “…the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”
That’s what God does for us through His word too, remember we’re His bride?
He cleanses us, sometimes by scrubbing which might hurt bad, and afterwards, He presents us to Himself, without stain, wrinkle or any other blemish, but Holy and blameless! I don’t know about you but that makes me want to scream and shout.
The more we expose ourselves to Gods word, the more access we give Him to clean us and remove all the impurities. So when next you read the word and you experience a sting and you become tempted to run somewhere to ignore or deny the sting (in my case, wash away the antiseptic), remind yourself that the sting is for your good and contributes to making you blameless, as Gods bride should be.
Remember also, that I didn’t even know when I got myself injured, it was only on getting in contact with the sanitiser that I felt the pain. It’s same way we might not immediately realise our wrong or shortcoming in a situation but later on, as we sit with Gods word, He shows us the reflection and it’s there we experience the godly sorrow and might even be led to restitute.
I got home today and I was so hesitant of using the sanitiser even though I didn’t feel the pain from the wound again, so I looked at my hand first and I realised that the wound had dried up already, so I took my sanitiser and used it and I actually felt no pain.
That’s exactly what Gods word does, it doesn’t leave you in the weaknesses it exposes to you, it works in and on those weaknesses till they become strength.