Do you ever find yourself at odds with some people? Henry Kissinger and Donald Rumsfeld were two statesmen who had their share of disputes during the brief time they worked together in Washington, D.C. Kissinger served the United States from 1969-1976 as a political scientist, adviser for national security affairs, and Secretary of State. Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defense from 1975-1977, and again from 2001-2006. Even though sparks sometimes flew in their work relationship, Henry Kissinger said of Donald Rumsfeld that he was “an occasional adversary, but always a friend”.
A real friend is someone who tells you your faults to your face, and still considers you a friend. The Word of God does that for believers. Sometimes it has to be our Adversary because its truth stands in the way of our thinking and conduct, but it is never our enemy. It is always a Friend.
How should we respond to the correction offered by this Friend? I have to admit it’s never easy to be corrected. It goes against everything in us because we think we’re right. But sometimes when we think we’re right, we are actually very wrong. It takes a good Friend like the Word of God to tell us the truth. Then we have two choices: 1. We can allow ourselves to get offended by it and refuse to listen—and be at odds with God, or 2. We can humble ourselves and accept what it has to say—and allow the truth to change us for the better.
The real question is not, “Why does the Bible always point out my faults?” but “How much do I want to be right?” If we want the Word to do its perfect work in us, then we will allow it to bring us temporary discomfort so that it can produce lasting change. Is there something the Bible has been convicting you about? Though it is an occasional Adversary, it is always your Friend.
There is one sure and infallible Guide to truth, and therefore, one, and only one Corrective for error, and that is the Word of God. — G. Campbell Morgan
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder