Have you ever read a Scripture passage and felt that it had been recorded in God’s Word just for you? Have you ever read a passage that demanded you go back and reread it, inserting your own name in specific places? Have you ever read a passage and quickly turned the page to avoid being convicted by the words just read? If you are like me, you raised your hand to answer each of these questions in the affirmative.
Hebrews 4:12 says “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.” God’s Word is alive and active. God’s Word is sharp, sharper than any sword. How could it not apply directly to the reader, to you and me? How could it not penetrate a heart and mind devoted and committed to Him?
During a recent quiet time I read such a passage. It called me back to meditate on it, praying it through with applications that called me to action.
Following is what resulted.
Acts 4: 32-34a (NIV)
“All the believers were one in heart and mind.” Lord, give our church unity. Help me to see things from a new perspective, from another’s perspective. Make me the first link in the unity chain.
“They shared everything they had.” Lord, remind me that all I have and all I am is a gift from you. Give me joy in sharing.
“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection.” Fill me each day with the power of the Holy Spirit to testify to your majesty and awesomeness. Give me boldness and authenticity that can come only from You.
“And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them.” Lord may I see myself as your distribution centre not a storage unit for your provisions of material and spiritual blessings.
May your todays and tomorrows be filled with God-given applications found in His Word that are just for you!
Author: Cheryl Hughes, Lorne Park Baptist Church