On A Mission Devotional: The Word Is Alive

Apr 30, 2018

For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 (CSB)

This week at church, we talked about reading our Bibles and meditating on it daily. Hebrews 4:12 explains the need for daily Bible reading, “For the word of God is living and effective.” We are living creatures living a dynamic and ever-fluctuating life. We also have a living personal God who knows our deepest struggles and thoughts. Our living God has made Himself known in His written Word and the living embodiment of His Word in His Son Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14).

As we go through life, seasons will change. We will find ourselves in different family dynamics. Jobs will change and even the towns we live in will change. This is the importance of reading our Bibles every day. The Word does not change in meaning (as with salvation), but it will change in the way it speaks to our life and the direction God may give us through His Word.

As we read our Bibles we must also develop the habit of meditation or intentional reflection on what we have read. This might be deeply thinking on a word, phrase, or verse revealed to us in our quiet time of reading. To reflect is to chew on Scripture and to digest its truth; thus, fueling our soul, heart, and mind.

I challenge us all this week to set aside time each day blocking out any distractions so that we can seek God in His Word. I challenge us to meditate on scripture allowing the Holy Spirit to strengthen, encourage, teach, and to correct us in our lives. The habits of Bible reading and reflection (hearing God’s voice) are foundational to building our faith and will lead us into a life of prayer (having God’s ears).

Reflection

  1. Have you ever read the Bible cover-to-cover?
  2. Have you ever experienced reflecting on Scripture? If so, what was that like?
  3. Do you have a time set aside for Bible reading and reflection?
  4. Did you know we can read the New Testament in 90 days reading as little as 2.96 chapters per day, or the entire Bible in 72 hours? Three chapters per day or 15 minutes per day is all it would take to read the entire Bible in one year.
  5. If you have never read the Bible I encourage you to click the following link for a wide range of Bible Reading Plans by BibleGateway