the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
If God’s Word is a Sword, then I just noticed something … WORD and sWORD are spelled almost alike!
For that matter, so are WORD and WORLD. In fact, twenty years ago, I did a sermon advising people to get the “L” out of their life. (It sounded like I was saying, “get the hell out of your life” … which would have worked too.) I suppose that here we could say that if want more peace than a sword, we need the word and not the “S” (the “mess”).
That just occurred to me. But that’s not the main point for today. It’s a Wednesday as I write this. I’m getting ready to head into a Truth Project class. We’re seeking to learn God’s plan for living … in a world that’s lied to us, confused us, and continually led us astray. How do we reorient ourselves? This verse is clear: By God’s Word.
- God’s Words are not a dead reflections from millenniums ago; they are continually “living and active.”
- Like a surgeon’s scalpel, they may cut – dividing soul from spirit, joints from marrow, and truths from the lies that we keep telling ourselves – but without surgery, sometimes, we don’t heal, and that cutting scalpel of the Word is often the only thing that brings peace.
- And yes, as I get ready to walk into our Truth Project class, I confess that in the midst of a culture of lies and confusion, I need (we need) “a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart.” We need God’s Word to cut through the darkness and illumine our hearts.
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who prays,
Lord, create in me
a greater hunger
for your Word