Members of our congregation will frequently tell me after our weekly worship services that, “I’ve read that verse many times but I have never had it speak to me the way it did today.” You may have experienced this yourself, either during a church service or your private devotional time. When this happens, we’ve gone from studying the Bible to the Bible studying us.
For the word of God is living 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. 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. (Hebrews 4:12-13)
The more time you spend in the Bible, the more often you will sense the Scriptures studying you. Because the Word of God is living and active, it is connecting with you at the deepest level and speaking to you in your place of need. Because it is sharper than any double-edged sword, dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it is penetrating into your broken story and showing you how your story fits into God’s story.
The writer of Hebrews went on to tell us that nothing is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and laid bare before His eyes. That truth is not designed to condemn you, but to comfort and convict you. After all, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1). But the Word of God is studying those who are studying the Word of God, and it frequently brings the student under a sense of comfort and conviction.
The Word of God will comfort you in your
The Word of God will also convict you in your
- Divided affections
God’s love is like a “consuming fire,” and we feel it burn intensely deep within our hearts. Even to the amazement of the angels in heaven, God desires to meet us in our very place of need every time we seek Him.
So . . . when was the last time you felt like the Word of God was studying you? When was the last time it had a hold on your heart so tight that you thought your heart would beat right out of your chest? The more you meditate on the Word of God and marinate in it, the more deeply you will feel it connecting with you and the more clearly you will hear it speaking to you.
Think about this for a moment: the All-knowing, All-powerful God of the universe desires to make a direct, intimate, and personal connection with you. And He has decided to do it through His inspired, infallible and inerrant Word. Our joyous response should be, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!