“For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
Often today’s verse is used to explain how we can fight the enemy using God’s word – which as Hebrews tells us is a double edged sword. Now while this is true, God’s word truly is our weapon to stand firm against the enemy, it is also a reminder for ourselves too. Notice that at the end of verse 12, the writer indicates that it also ‘exposes our innermost thoughts and desires’. Moreover, in the following verse, the writer of Hebrews tells us that nothing in all of creation is hidden from being accountable to God through His word.
For example, have you ever had the experience where you have read a passage of scripture and your hearts starts beating, you begin to read it over and over again, and realise that God is actually talking to you through His word. This is what it means when it says God’s word is as sharp as a sword. It also cuts through our pride and sin, helping us to realise where we have fallen short and gives us a way to turn back to Jesus and the comfort and reconciliation that that brings.
Today, may we open our hearts to be receptive for God’s mighty word. May we be accountable to Jesus through the revelation of scripture and indeed, welcome God’s speaking to us through His word. His word is alive and powerful.