In passing conversation yesterday, a friend of mine said that something he didn’t like about a particular well known social media site is that it always shows his status as ‘Active now” even though he very rarely uses the site. People then think he’s ‘online’, message him, and feel a bit miffed if he doesn’t reply.
I had to smile to myself because my friend didn’t realise that you have the option to turn off that status – even when you are active!
This morning I was was reading in the book of Hebrews, when that conversation suddenly came back to me. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that “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.”
God’s Word is Always Active
The Bible, which of course we know is the written Word of God, is more than just a beautifully written book. It’s so much more than poetry, or philosophy; it’s completely unique in that it’s actually live.
Picture for a moment, your Bible, as if it were plugged into a sort of Heavenly, live ‘web’ called something like “www.heaven.jesus”, always online – always active.
God never goes offline! His status is never ‘unavailable’.
When we ‘log into’ God’s Word, we find ‘live instruction’ 24/7, applicable to our daily lives.
Am I saying the The Bible somehow magically changes? Of course not – but the absolute permanence of God’s Word guarantees that every generation, past present and future can say with confidence that the Bible has relevant answers to every question pertaining to living life here on earth.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”Isaiah 40:8
He Waits to Connect with You through His Word
The Bible we have today comes from ancient manuscripts, but the miraculous thing is that those Words themselves are not archaic, they are always as fresh and relevant to you and I as if God is speaking them to us as we read them.
The Word of God has a way of reaching right into the innermost secrets of our hearts, every dream, hope, fear, disappointment, joy, secret anger and silent prayer; to discern, to lay everything bare and out in the open.
In my own experience, this rarely happens if I’m just “dipping in and out”. Daily studying The Word of God and giving Him room to speak, lead and direct are all a vital part of Bible reading.
The Holy Spirit is the One who leads us into all truth, and He’s always faithful to answer when we ask him to teach us.
Wherever you’re at today – mountain top or valley – when you “log into” your Bible, with real purpose and desire to meet with Him, you’ll find that He’s there, “online”, just waiting to chat with you!