“God’s word is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates and divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the reflections and thoughts of the heart. Nothing is concealed from him; all lies bare to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account” (Heb 4). Some may see this as a reason for fear. However the author goes on to say that Jesus can “sympathize with our weakness.” Taken as a whole, it is not the purpose of this Scripture to frighten us, but rather to move us to turn to Jesus with confidence.
It is a call to honesty as well. This is the honesty which recognizes that we are made in the divine image, yet have many faults. What is the purpose of trying to deceive God? What can we gain by doing that? The Father sent Jesus to deliver us from faults, including our dishonesty, and their consequences. We can become more honest by turning to Jesus, without pretense, for his healing.
I know, Lord, that you love me faults and all and that you don’t want me to pretend with you. Make me more honest so that you may find in me an attitude of truthfulness about myself and trust in your willingness to heal me.