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. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV).
Every time I think about it, it blows my mind.
How can I be sitting in my room in my chair having my quiet time, reading the words Jesus spoke thousands of years ago?
These words of Jesus recorded by men who walked with Him along the way reach across the ages and touch my heart, or I consider Paul sitting in his Roman jail cell writing the letters to encourage the believers that are now encouragement for me.
The written word truly does transcend both time and space.
Jesus’s words, the prophets, the kings, the writings of Paul, all at my fingertips. What a mercy? What a grace to be able to read the Psalms of David or the wisdom of Solomon. To derive comfort or spiritual nourishment from the words of God’s own men and women, His Words for His people.
Praise the Lord for the written word.
As a writer, I journal while I study because I see worth in the activity. I get so much out of writing God’s word down. It helps me to remember it. It also helps me to find it quickly if I want to pass along the encouragement, and it helps me to draw out particular words or phrases that mean something significant to me at the time.
Writing down what I am learning as I go through the scriptures and the devotionals, I may be reading, helps me to voice how God’s word applies to my life and the lives of those I love. It helps me to know how to pray for others, and it helps me to know who I am in Christ.
And when I forget – I can go back and see it solid, written down – a reminder.
So, as we enter the new year, I would urge you to consider keeping a journal as part of your quiet time. Let God use this wonderful gift of words to inspire you.
Remember God’s Word is active; so actively study God’s Word.
Finding God’s grace,
Bonita Y. McCoy