“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
Every person has a deep desire to find truth that is never changing and leads to life – truth that will help guide us in times when we feel hopeless. We’ve all faced times when everything seems to be going wrong, when we feel deserted and lonely, or when we lose someone close to us.
But we also need truth in times of blessing. We need a truth that never changes. The good news for every single person in our world is God’s truth. This verse gives us a clear understanding of the character and value of God’s truth. The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. This allows us to pierce through the junk and trash in our lives to the depth of our soul and spirit. This forces us to deal with the nasty and messiness of our struggles but also reminds us of God’s grace through His Son. We must all deal with our struggles and we all need the grace of Jesus.
Hebrews 4:12 should be an encouragement to each one of God’s children. God has given us a holy word so we can win in life. With its instruction and truth, we are able to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. We are able to treat people with kindness and compassion. We are able to share the grace of Jesus. We are able to be a safe space for people. We are able to experience God’s glory. This is how we are able to win in life. This is how the kingdom of God is built. My brothers and sisters in the faith, keep fighting the good fight. My people that don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior just yet, I’m here for you. I encourage you to read God’s word and find His truth within.
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
- What are some avenues that people go to in order to get advice or search for truth and meaning?
- Is God’s word the best place to search for truth? Why or why not?
- Has God’s word given you guidance in your life? How? Consider sharing in the comment section below.
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Macon Jones, Student and Young Adult Pastor