Monday, December 7, 2009

Sharper Than a Sword

The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to the dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges, the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12)

God’s word is powerful beyond description. Why then is it so hard for me to pick up the Bible and read it? I think sometimes, I’m afraid of the insight I’ll gain. I fear conviction, and that conviction may compel me to change something. Sometimes, when convicted, I bury that conviction deep within or rationalize my inability to make the change. There are times when I argue with my soul. I try to convince myself that The Bible is too cumbersome. I have to digest it, scrutinize the scripture before it is of use to me. Who has time for such intimate study? In this day and age of instantaneous information, I don’t want to take the time to mull things over. But God says His word is sharp. It will slice through any hesitation or argument I can devise. Lord, increase my hunger for your word.


Carol said...

It's the mull things over that gets me. I used to read for hours--then things became so familiar I'd read, and my mind would be elsewhere. Sadly, I, too, have gotten out of the habit.

Janice D. Green said...

I've read through the Bible twice in two different years and glad I did. But I have since learned that it is better, for me at least, to take it in smaller bites. I love a good Bible study group because it keeps me moving and active in my study.

Linda Rondeau said...

@ Janice

It's not the amount but the quality of time with God, but reading the Bible through does help in understanding the continuity of the scriptures.