The Word of God Is a Scalpel
By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 02/06/22
If you’ve ever undergone a surgical procedure, you know what it means to trust in a surgeon’s skillful hands. The scalpel he uses can either be a dangerous knife or an instrument of healing; it all depends on how it’s wielded. The author of Hebrews described Scripture as a double-edged sword, even dividing soul and spirit (see 4:12). He has in mind a precise blade, much like a modern surgeon’s scalpel.
When we come to the Bible with our hearts and minds open to hear what the Lord has to say to us, we are lying down on the operating table, ready for the Master Surgeon’s expert blade—for He alone knows where it should go. The Word of God cuts through to the bones, penetrates deep into the recesses of our spiritual being, and stops at nothing until it brings our sin out into the open to be dealt with.
But the Great Physician doesn’t just leave us on the operating table, open and exposed. He cuts and removes the bad, but then He puts us back together again for complete healing. The longing of God is to heal us through His Word, not wound us. If we do get hurt in the process, it’s for our good and our healing. He is the Surgeon we can always trust.
Prayer: Lord, I know You and Your Word can be trusted. Your work in my life is always for my good. Help me receive it, submit to it, and rejoice in it. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).