Friday 10 September

Hebrews 4:12-13

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Scripture is alive in so many ways: I can read the same passage later and be made aware of new insights, I can make more connections as I become increasingly familiar with the Bible, I can be changed to my core by a passage that had little effect on me before.
And should I be surprised? What did I expect from the words of the author of the universe, sustainer of all things? How rich is the Word of God; filled with wisdom, history, poetry, teachings, and the story of salvation!

This passage clearly expresses how God’s word pierces to the heart of a person. There is no hiding from God. When naked in the garden, Adam and Eve had no chance of hiding. God sees everything as plainly as one looking through a window. I am reminded to keep His word active and alive in me! To be sustained by his word instead of the words of the world. Knowing that all must give an account before God allows me to trust in His justice and mercy.

Father, you are the Holy One to whom all must give their accounts. We thank you for the gift of your Word that is alive and active to this very day. Jesus, as the author and perfector of our faith, we thank you for the amazing grace given to us. When we give our account to God, who sees the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts, we thank you for your redeeming work over us. In your precious name, Jesus. Amen

Written by Sven Bessesen

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