1st May, 2017
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1). The Word of God ain’t a curriculum you have to study and cram from cover to cover in order to pass the kingdom test. It is living, it is breathing, it is constantly working. Today we’re gonna talk about the Word of God. Karibu hapa:)
Back in Riara Springs Girls High School, Chemistry was my worst nightmare. The one subject that just wouldn’t sink in. On the flipside, Biology and Kiswahili were favorites. Here’s the thing though; in as much as I was good at them, there were times I forgot some vocabulary or missed a step in explaining a biological process. Sometimes I would rummage through my memory box and find my answer, but there were times it’d just be simply gone and impossible to retrieve.
A Saturday ago, as is the norm with my Saturday mornings, I was busy with chores. Out of nowhere, I started meditating on the Word from John 15:2. At the time, I couldn’t recall what exactly it said word for word. I didn’t even know which book or verse it was from. I just recalled that He is the vine, we are the branches…any tree that does not bear fruit is cut down..the tree that bears fruit is pruned, that it may produce more. And there!I had it! I had the answer to my surrounding life crises. He is pruning me…
I don’t remember when last I’d read that chapter in the Bible. The message on pruning is one that I had not really grasped also. But it was communicated to my spirit so gently yet so clearly. It was burning within me. It shook me up. Every single word was lighting up a flame within me. And there, I’d experienced the true meaning of this verse:
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.
The Word of God is living and active. This means that it has vital power inherent to itself. Just as your speech outwardly expresses who you are, the Word expresses the nature of God. That is why study of the Word is essential in knowing God more. The Word of God, unlike any other form of literature has a way of living in us such that we don’t have to have mastered it to retain it. It is not passive. The moment we ‘consume’ it, it finds a slot in our hearts, makes a home of it and is brought into action at an opportune time.
The written Word of God accomplishes God’s purposes (Isaiah 55:11). It does not return to Him empty. The preaching of the Word brings out God’s desired effects – even if not immediately, it will do so in the long run. Jesus likened the Word of God to a seed in His parable of the sower. Seed, like the Bible, is not dead, but living, and it has the ability to bring forth more life accordingly.
“But how about those who read/hear the word and reject it?” You ask. Well, the Word has something to say about those ones too. Mark 4:12 – “they may be ever seeing but not perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!”. Just like a seed flourishes in good soil, the Word of God is well nourished in a good heart – one that is ready to receive and learn and grow.
The word of God is sharp. There is hope in knowing that there is something sharp enough and powerful enough to penetrate through all deception and shed light on my thoughts and intentions. In this context, the word ‘judges’ means ‘assesses’ and not ‘condemns’. It penetrates to the deepest places of our lives to see what’s there and assess whether it’s good or bad. From this point then, we have a chance to adjust accordingly into what God requires of us as we journey through salvation.
God’s purpose in cutting us is to bring us healing, not to leave us wounded. Sin is like cancer growing inside of us. Untreated, it will be fatal. Through His Word, God communicates to us the details and nitty-gritty of kingdom living. We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our pattern of thought and behavior.
Here’s to shedding more light to you on the power of the Word of God, trusting that it will encourage you to dig in more and have it live in you. All through the help of the Holy Spirit.
The Word of God is enough wealth. Write it on your heart. Meditate on it day and night.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path”