February 1 The Light of God’s Word

Scripture reading: Hebrews 4:12–16

Key verse: Hebrews 4:12

The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Many Christians’ lives are like the proverbial VCR clock. They have a power source from which to draw, but like the unset blinking clock that flashes 12:00–12:00–12:00, their Christian walk is stuck in neutral. They feel no real sense of purpose.

Whether you are operating a VCR or traversing the difficult terrain of life, your most essential obligation is to read the instructions. The only way to know the proper course of action is to see what the expert designer says about each step in the process.

God gave us one instruction manual: the Holy Bible. There is no way to navigate life in a way that glorifies God or edifies yourself and others unless you know what God has to say. If you have cyclically gotten away from His Word throughout your life only to come back later, ask yourself why you keep returning. It’s because it’s much easier with the instruction manual.

There are two reasons why people wander from God’s Word. They may be ignorant of its precious truths and overwhelmed by its magnitude and complexities (as with many new believers), or they simply lay it aside and endeavor to make it in life in their own wisdom.

This start-and-stop approach stymies proper growth and, as with the VCR clock, leaves Christians emitting only an intermittent light.

Keep my light brightly shining, Lord, as it is illumined by Your truth. I want to live my life with Your divine instruction manual as my guide.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 34). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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