STRIPPED AND STUNNED
Heb. 4:12,13 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed (stripped and stunned) to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
What an amazing spiritual truth, our life of usefulness to the Lord does not begin in a place of strength, but it starts in a place of weakness. Our life really begins when we find ourselves “stripped and stunned” at His feet. For Paul it started at the feet of Jesus on the Damascus Road, for Peter it was after his denial of Christ to the servant girl through his restoration by the Resurrected Christ. For Mary, it was pouring out the oil on His feet, for Zacheus, it was climbing the sycamore tree. Jacob was stripped and stunned after wrestling with the angel, Isaiah was undone when he saw the Lord high and lifted up. For John Wesley, it was his helplessness in the storm at sea, for George Whitefield, it was his inability to find God in all his religious endeavors. Have you found yourself stripped and stunned recently? That place of total humiliation is turned to a place of acceptance and empowerment by just one touch of His hand. All of us have to come to the end of our own efforts and struggles, only then can we, “be still, and know that He is God”. A.B. Simpson brought out the stunning meaning in this passage. Check out his powerful words.
“The literal translation of this phrase is, all things are stripped and stunned. This is the force of the greek words. The figure is that of an athlete in the Coliseum who has fought his best in the arena, and has at length fallen at the feet of his adversary, disarmed and broken down in helplessness. There he lies, unable to strike a blow or lift an arm. He is stripped and stunned, disarmed and disabled, and there is nothing left for him but to lie at the feet of his adversary and throw up his arms for mercy. Now this is the position to which God wants to bring us, where we cease our struggles and attempts at self-defense or self-improvement, and throw ourselves helplessly upon the mercy of God.”
Most people have an inflated idea of themselves and their own relevance and importance in this world. At the end of the day, our lives are very small and only gain importance when Christ begins to dwell in us and control our lives through His masterful plans. Paul describes the power of the Word of God at work, stripping away the ego and pride in our lives so that we can be pliable and useful in the Master’s hand.
As we come near to Him, His relevance increases, ours decreases. Lord, open our eyes that we may lay at your feet, “stripped and stunned” by Your Glory.