For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
– Hebrews 4:12-13
I called on your name, Lord,
from the depths of the pit.
You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears
to my cry for relief.”
You came near when I called you,
and you said, “Do not fear.”
– Lamentations 3:55-57
“It’s a privilege, the relationship you can have with God. Charles Spurgeon once said that His Word is as a two-edged sword slicing away your pride with one edge and your despair with the other. In the many forms of His mercy, He counteracts the tendencies of evil. God is ready to respond when you call on Him. He will forgive your sins when you truly repent and turn away from them. The Lord of life wishes to be the treasure of your heart – a full portion of all that you need and all that gives you hope.
“The writer of Lamentations saw the wickedness of the people of Israel and knew that God had withdrawn His hand from them in judgment. Yet he knew that the prayers of a contrite heart reach the ears of this just God. He understood that the Lord would provide daily help for daily needs.”
– Presidential Prayer Team
“A sword with two edges has no blunt side; it cuts this way and that. The Word of God is edge all over. It is alive in every part, and in every part keen to cut the conscience and wound the heart. Depend on it: not a verse in the Bible is superfluous or a chapter that is useless.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon, except from one of his sermons
My only sword story is one from about the second month that I was in the Army. Out of our class of 38 Army officers at basic engineer officer school, most were reservists and National Guard, nearly half from Puerto Rico. So, when one of the guys decided to get married in a tiny chapel on post, and have a traditional formal military wedding, the eight guys that had dress blue uniforms were his only choices as ushers. Only one problem, none of us had ever worn the traditional Army officer saber before. I had been an usher at a wedding, so I knew how to do that, but we had to form a saber archway for the bride and groom to pass through. None of us knew anything about that, but I was the ranking officer. Only 1Lt in a sea of 2Lt. We borrowed senior officer’s sabers and practiced and practiced. The hardest part is that the saber is curved, but in the wrong direction. So, we twisted our wrists into a painful position to form the arch. This was actually a good thing. We pressed our sabers against the opposing saber, making everything look beautiful, but really because we wanted to untwist the saber until our wrists and elbows did not hurt anymore.
What does my remembrance have to do with the Word of God, other than it is a saber story? Well, if we knew where to find out how to do the archway properly, it might not have hurt so bad. With the Word of God, the answers are there, we just have to keep reading and studying.
Hebrews 4:12 talks about the Word of God being alive. It is the Holy Spirit in us that is alive. How do you know that it is God talking to you? By reading the Word of God.
What I marvel over after all these years of reading the Bible, it never gets old. The Holy Spirit points me in new directions each day. The Bible is truly alive and active.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.