Sharp and Ready
The surgery was a success. The patient had been wheeled into the recovery room, and the last surgical team member turned off the lights as she exited the room. The suite stood in disarray, soiled linens and used instruments littered the floor and tables. The weary surgeon headed home from the hospital.
There was a tragic car accident. A young man is badly injured. He will need immediate surgery. The orderlies rush him through the doors of the operating suite, only to find that it is still dirty from the last surgery. None of the team is dressed or ready to operate. There are no clean instruments to use. The surgeon sees that nothing is ready, so he turns and exits the room. There will be no surgery today.
Unprepared. There are days when I've got it all together, and others that it all falls apart. When I pray, read and study the Bible, I become disciplined in the ways of Christ. Not only that, but it helps me to discern the wiles of Satan.
Interestingly, there is no saturation point. You don't look back one day and call it good. The study of God and His Word is a lifelong pursuit.
The Surgeon only uses instruments that are sharp and ready. God wants His warriors to be prepared for battle.
"The study of God's Word, for the purpose of discovering God's will, is the secret discipline which has formed the greatest characters."--James Waddel Alexander