FAITH FOR TODAY: Under your skin

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By Jon Rohr

Do you ever watch America’s Funniest Home Videos? We watch it a lot because it is funny, lighthearted, and our granddaughter laughs her head off!

Anyway, every once in a while they will show someone holding a snake, a mouse, or even a squirrel. That in itself is not funny, but when that animal starts to climb into someone’s shirt, or up his or her pant leg, it can get hilarious. Usually the people jump and scream and call out for help. Lets face it; it can be uncomfortable to have something crawling around inside your clothes.

We are told that the Bible “penetrates even to dividing the soul and spirit”(Hebrews 4:12). That can be a lot more uncomfortable than a mouse in your shirt. The Bible is more than just words on a page, it is God’s Living Word and reacts with our lives in very powerful ways. It is tempting to avoid opening the Bible because we fear being that exposed, but that is exactly what we really need.

One day not long ago I looked at my teeth through a large magnifying glass. It was amazing and a little surprising. My teeth, which I thought were in good shape, have all these little tiny cracks in them. I asked a dentist and he said everybody has those little cracks in their teeth, we just don’t know it. That is what the Bible is like, it is that mirror that reveals the real truth. I take better care of my teeth now that I know about those little cracks. Maybe if we opened the Bible a little more we would be more careful how we live our lives?

You know an animal under your shirt usually has no purpose other then to get out. The Bible in your life has a deep purpose, to change you from the inside out. The Bible is going to expose those little cracks that we often cannot, do not, or will not see. The Bible reveals to us the most important lessons of life and living. In it we find encouragement to live responsibly, we find guidelines for establishing strong families, and of course we find ethical standards like the Ten Commandments. We also find amazing examples of ordinary and often flawed men and women that were able to do amazing things by the power of God.

The Bible offers us examples and exhortation, but even more the Bible is where we get to know Jesus. In its pages we learn of His love and sacrifice for us. We find that Jesus himself is our greatest example and our greatest need. So don’t be afraid to read the Bible. It may make you a bit uncomfortable from time to time. But it will also offer you the deepest comfort and hope you will ever experience.