Therefore, let’s make every effort to enter that rest
so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience,
because God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword.
It penetrates to the point that it separates the soul from the spirit
and the joints from the marrow.
It is able to judge the heart’s thoughts and intentions. (Hebrews 4:11-12)
God’s word found in Scripture is powerful. The philosopher Emile Cailliet once called the Bible “the book that understands me.” As he read through the Bible, he was amazed at how the stories and commands recorded in Scripture cut right to his heart, exposing his wrongful motives, challenging his assumptions, and inviting him to a good and beautiful way of life.
The writer of Hebrews described God’s word as “living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” God’s word cuts through the fluff. When you read the Bible, don’t simply read it to understand what it says. Let it read you, so that through reading it you can better understand yourself. Let it not only be the book you understand, but the book that understands you.
Father God, as I read the Bible I find words that convict me deeply.
Help me take action; make me new.
Help me discern every wrong motive and root it out.
Put in me a new heart,
a heart that desires to do as you have commanded in the Bible. Amen.