God's Word - Living and Powerful
by Ronny E. Hinds

Hebrews 4:12 is a familiar text for me. It lives in my boyhood memory of hearing preachers preach. "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

Maybe it was the idea of a two-edged sword swishing about that fascinated my boyhood mind - I don't know. What I do know is my adult mind understands that the idea of a two-edged sword vividly describes the power of God's words. That text is vivid, not only because it says His Word is powerful, but because it is said in a powerful way!

Are you impressed with the Bible, God's words? Reread Hebrews 4:12 and think about it. When you read your Bible do you feel God is speaking to you? As you read, can you hear and feel the sound of God's voice?

We all are sometimes guilty of thinking "If God would only speak to me directly, if I could just hear the sound of His voice, then I would..." But Hebrews 12:19 tells us the people's reaction to literally hearing God's voice at Mount Sinai was, "those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore." It is even said of Moses, "And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, 'I am exceedingly afraid and trembling'" (Hebrews 12:21). Yes indeed, the sights and sounds of God Almighty are impressive, earth shaking!

Let us be thankful. First, that God has revealed Himself and His will. Second, that He caused it to be written down - recorded for us to read. That is what the word "Scripture" means. It does not just mean God's Word, but God's words written down. Think about that! When Jesus affirmed "and the Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35), He was affirming His belief in written revelation - in its infallibility, that it "cannot" lose its force and power. Remember, He wasn't just talking about God's speaking generally, but specifically about God's written words.

So, what do you think? Do you think we ought to devote more time to Bible reading and study? Yes, I know you're busy. Most all of us are. But for those things that are really important to us we take and make time, don't we?! Let's determine to read and study more. Let's begin today! This week! Don't put it off! "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).