I picked up a couple of splinters in the palm of my right hand last week. Because I was out of town, I didn’t have anything with which to remove them. Since they were small I hoped they’d work their way out. Instead they grew tender, red, and swollen.
With needle and tweezers I fumbled to remove them. But since I had to use my left hand I quickly realized I needed help. My son has patience and good vision, so I went to him. In a few minutes they were out.
The same day I dealt with my hand, God dealt with my heart. I’d watched Shark Tank the previous night and found myself wishing I had the business skills of those billionaires. It sounded fun to dream up ideas that take off and make lots of money.
The next morning, my personal Bible study took me to James 4:1-10. As I read it, Shark Tank came to mind. I realized the primary reason I wanted those skills was I believed that if I could do what they do, I’d never worry—at least about money.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with making a hearty income. But my Bible reading that morning reminded me that Jesus, not money, is the antidote for worry. The reason to earn more is to be generous, not to be independent from God (2 Cor. 9:8,11; Ephes. 4:28).
Jesus wasn’t withholding happiness from me. He wants me to enjoy life and be free from worry more than I do. He was protecting me from false idols that rob me of true joy and security (Matthew 6:19-34, Luke 12:15).
I’ve learned it’s impossible to live in the world and not pick up spiritual splinters. We don’t need to be ashamed of them. We just need to deal with them. Unattended, spiritual splinters fester as ingratitude, comparison, envy, distractions, insecurity, stinginess, worry, broken relationships, and fears.
I needed help removing the splinters from my hand. I needed more help with the spiritual splinter I didn’t even know existed.
God’s Word penetrated deeper than an MRI and exposed my problem. My High Priest then tenderly freed me from this irritant.
Do you need help spotting or removing a spiritual splinter? Your High Priest stands ready to serve you. Will you come boldly to His throne of grace today?
“For whatever God says to us is full of living power: it is sharper than the sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with all their parts, exposing us for what we really are. He knows about everyone, everywhere. Everything about us is bare and wide open to the all-seeing eyes of our living God; nothing can be hidden from him to whom we must explain all that we have done.
But Jesus the Son of God is our great High Priest who has gone to heaven itself to help us; therefore let us never stop trusting him. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses since he had the same temptations we do, though he never once gave way to them and sinned. So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need” (Hebrews 4:12-16 TLB).
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