The Word of God is alive? How can a book be alive?
At first, it does not seem to make any sense, yet in Hebrews 4:12, we are told that what might appear to be ‘just a book’ is actually ALIVE.
When I was a young man, I did not fully understand the power of the Word of God. I grew up in a Christian family, but I rebelled and ended up moving from my home in France to the UK, arriving angry, disillusioned and wanting nothing to do with ‘religion’.
Some time later, when I encountered Jesus and my life was changed, I discovered that when God’s spirit touches His Word, the words in the Bible become alive, breathing, living, with the power to help us discern truth from lies.
Discovering that the Bible was much more than a book filled with ancient stories was a revelation to me. Those stories which I once thought were dead began to speak into my circumstances. The same God who guided Abraham, Adam and Paul became my guide too.
The words I read in Scripture today have helped me to make important decisions in my family life and career. I call God’s Word ‘the divine instruction manual’, because the imparting of its truth has guided me, comforted our family and held us together when we have gone
A dead history book could not do that. The living Word of God can.
This edition of the UCB Word For Today is close to my heart, as we focus on what it means for the Word of God to be ‘alive’.
As you will have read in the last edition, our dear friend Bob Gass who, together with his wife Debby, was the author of this devotional, went to be with the Lord in June. Bob was passionate that believers would get into the Word of God for themselves. The ‘heart’ behind the UCB Word For Today is that it would act as an ‘appetiser’ for God’s Word.
Even though Bob has ‘gone to glory’, the UCB Word For Today will continue for many years to come. Bob saw himself as a ‘distributor’ of the Word, and the UCB Word For Today is just one of the vehicles God uses to encourage readers to pick up a Bible and read it
When we have our own personal revelation that the Word of God ‘is alive and active’ (Hebrews 4:12 NIV 2011 Edition), our approach to it is changed. When we discover that God can speak to us daily through His Word, and that the words on those pages can give us insight and wisdom for whatever situation we may be facing, we too
But be warned: as you open God’s living Word, it might not always be an easy read. As we are reminded in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, sometimes the words correct and challenge us; sometimes they urge us to change direction; but in those same pages, you will also find encouragement, comfort and guidance.