Hebrews 4: 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.
Have you ever had anyone argue with you that the Bible is an old book and out of date and not relevant to our world today? When someone has said that to me, the first question I ask them is, “Have you read the Bible?” I’ve never found someone who said they did.
The Word of God is alive and active. That means that the Bible has something to say for every generation and every culture. It speaks to the culture clashes we are experiencing today. It speaks to the caste systems which are prevalent in every culture. It speaks to the hate speech that flows so freely on Facebook. It speaks to the responsibility of the rich not to oppress the poor.
But most importantly, God’s Word speaks to my heart. It cuts to the excuses I try to make for my sins. It condemns not just my outward sins, but my inner sinfulness, the attitudes of my heart. It judges my thoughts by letting me know that God hears what I am thinking even if my neighbor has no idea what’s in my mind.
And then, when I have been convicted, God’s Word brings me the precious gospel of forgiveness, the word of peace. It convinces me that I am right with God through Jesus. It empowers a change in my heart that enables me to say “no” to sin. If someone ever tells you that the Bible is an old, outdated book, just challenge them: “You should read it first before you make that judgment.” Prayer: Thank you, Lord of my life, that you have given me your holy Word. My prayer today is simple. Help me to read and study it every day. Let the power of your Word convict me of sin and convince me of your forgiveness so that I may live a life of daily repentance. Amen.