Circuses are fun with the flying trapeze, people walking the high wire as easily as waltzing across the dance floor, the Globe of Death full of motorcycles, and acrobats building a human totem pole by catapulting one after another on top of an ever-growing stack of people. And every circus has its showcase of lions with their kingly manes, and beautiful tigers with their striking stripes.
What makes having those ferocious creatures close by fun? Why do people leisurely walk around with their children, without a care in the world? Why aren’t they terrified when the big cats look at them and lick their chops? Because the King of Beasts is behind bars, and the rippling muscles of the tiger are stifled by a cage!
What do you think would happen at a circus if the panels of the giant cage fell to the sawdust floor? There would be a frenzy of activity seldom seen in the lazy, carefree atmosphere of the Big Top. A sense of urgency sets in when danger is on the prowl.
The Word of God is alive and well.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. – Hebrews 4:12-13
So, why is it not doing more in my life?
Maybe I have kept it locked in a cage! I look at it between the covers of a book, but never turn it loose in my heart so that it can do what it is supposed to do—help me to see myself for who I really am. Just like those hungry lions and tigers: I know what they can do, but it doesn’t change my lifestyle as long as they are in a cage.
Unleashing the Word of God is dangerous. It will force you to look at your comfortable rut. Unleashing the Word forces us to look at the rut we are in—and make a decision to either stay in it or change for the better. Choosing to take seriously what I see in the Word will make a difference in my joy. It will change my marriage. It will break the power of cancelled sin (Charles Wesley). In short, I will be a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17). And, Lord knows, I need some newness.
If you are in a bad rut, it is not the Word’s fault. It is alive and well; turn it loose!