You are witnessing a milestone for this devotional blog! This is the 1,800th post! I chose this Bible passage especially for this occasion. The children at church sang a song about the armor of God yesterday–complete with battle gear made out of something indestructible that looked much like brown construction paper. The visual was incredible, but watching their innocent faces as they shared this timely message is what brought tears to my eyes. I knew this was the message God wanted me to share with you today.
We find ourselves living in challenging times. While true today, this statement could be said by many, if not all, past generations as well. Have no fear, God has set us up for success! Keeping our focus on God is the first step. Next, we have the “armor” Paul talks about here to give us all the security and hope we need. Let’s take a look at what we have access to.
There are so many messages bombarding us these days. It used
to be there was the newspaper, the evening news, and a magazine or two. With
the internet and social media, it seems we can’t escape someone trying to tell
us something every second of the day. We hear these days about “fake” news. We
know we can’t “believe everything we read.” So, what can we do? There is freedom
when you can unplug and just be still in God’s presence. You can hear so much more.
Today in my stillness, I can hear the wind rustling in the
trees, birds chirping, car horns in the distance, a dog barking (not mine), and
a rooster cock-a-doodle-doing (they do that here in Mexico it seems at every
hour of the day)! In my quiet time, I have God’s word. As verse 5 and 6 says, “Every
word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. Do
not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.” I
don’t need to worry about fake news. I can trust God and his word.
While today’s Bible reading is short, it’s powerful. Any time God’s word talks about itself I stop and listen. It’s the instruction book of life we all long to have. It’s our love story with God. It illuminates the foundation of what we believe. It’s God’s gift to us.
How many times do you read a familiar passage but it sounds different? There is a new message that jumps out this time that you didn’t hear before. That’s a great example of what the writer says here, “[F]or the word of God is alive and powerful.” God’s word is alive and speaks to us differently at different times. It certainly is powerful when you think of how it fits so beautifully together, building on itself, one passage supporting another. Continue reading “Hebrews 4:12-13 – Word of God”