Chambers mined this out from God’s repository this morning.
The Word of God inflicts hurt on us more than sin ever could, because sin dulls our senses.
This hurt is heavier than that which comes in concert with sin, but it is more capable of producing godly repentance and faithfulness through its penetrating blow.
Sharp pains produces more violent and necessary activity than dull aches. God’s Word works to cut you to the quick. Sin seeks to erode your soul like sediment: slowly and surely.
Paige and I have a few shrubs that we have mown over time and time again. We merely address the surface problem. It is effective at making a nice-looking lawn, but it does nothing for the actual health and long-term beauty of the yard.
It is more work and more violent to dig deep and pull up roots, but it is more effective at resolving the actual problem: both the surface level aesthetic and the long-term logistic.
Get into the Word.
But do so primarily to get the Word into you.
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.