About a month ago I did something to my right knee, and for a time couldn’t even bend my leg. After a trip to an orthopedic specialist I’ve regained the ability to walk (needed, as those trips to and from the refrigerator were growing increasingly more difficult) but the actual problem persists.

An MRI last week revealed a bone-growth on my right tibia (they called it a tumor but it’s not cancerous), was messing with my hamstring. I need to get it cut off, and that’s scheduled for next week.

Naturally being a preacher who thinks “sermonically” (thanks to my mentor Bob Turner for that wonderful word), I couldn’t help but think of a Bible verse that relates to all that’s been going on.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

According to Paul, the Word of God is more revealing than any MRI; it’s sharper than any surgeon’s scalpel. It can pierce right through me, and is so precise it can see the separation between my physical body (joints and marrow) and my spiritual body (soul and spirit).

The Word of God is capable of operating on my conscious, with regards to my doings and my motivations for my doings. It can spark guilt over both inaction and the attitude that led to my inaction. It’s the instrument wielded by the Great Physician, to save my (spiritual) life and keep me (spiritually) healthy and active.

Thank God for it!