Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:12-13
Key Verse: Hebrews 4:12
For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
I have always struggled with the idea of people saying they heard God speak to them in an audible voice. I do not think it’s impossible that it happened, but rather I believe it is not the normal way that God speaks to His people.
God does speak to His people and at times it can be as clear as an audible voice. Believers don’t have to worry that they won’t hear what God has to say to them; God knows how to be clear without needing an audible voice.
I believe the Bible is God’s main way of speaking to His people. That is why we call the Bible the “Word of God”. Our Key Verse for today reminds us that God’s Word is alive and powerful. That is why it is best that we do not the Bible as we would any other book.
We must read the Bible from the perspective that God is speaking to us. I personally say a prayer before I start to read the Bible. This prayer is simple: “God, I am ready to listen to you, I want to be encouraged, corrected, or rebuked according to my need”.
After I conclude that prayer, I read a portion of God’s Word. It is usually a short portion, seldom an entire chapter. If God wants to speak to me, then I don’t want to rush my reading and cram too much information in my brain for me to process.
I have never been a big advocate of reading the Bible through in one year; it demands too much reading in one setting. Of course, there is benefit in reading the entire Bible from front to back. However, I think a much bigger benefit is reading small portions and really taking the time to absorb what is read.
One of the reasons that this scripture says that the Word of God is alive and powerful is because God is using the words that we read to let us know what we need to know!
The Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, wrote it this way: “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with My word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
Did you take note of the phrase in this verse: “it will accomplish all I want it to”? When we take time to read the Bible, God will make sure we get what we need for the challenges that we face.
Father, remind me to regularly read my Bible. I want to hear from you. In Jesus’s Name!