Sometimes we think of our Bible as ancient words, but Fiona explains how powerful those ancient words can apply to our life today.
“For the word of God is living 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)
Sometimes it’s easy to become so overwhelmed by the struggle just to get through each day, that we stop looking at what else goes on around us. We are self-absorbed, or maybe just so full of self-pity and “whoa is me” that we stop thinking about anything else.
If we are letting the words of God, that we have available so readily, fill our minds and hearts, there’s not so much room for the self-absorption or self-pity anymore.
I was reminded of this recently when we sang the song* “Ancient Words” in Church. We’ve sung that song a lot, but feeling particularly overwhelmed that morning, the words hit home in a new way.
The song Ancient Words talks about the fact that those words we have recorded in our Bibles are there to comfort us and give us hope, strength, and the assurance that with God’s help, we will cope. No matter what is going on in our lives, we have that. I needed to be reminded that if I have those thoughts washing over me, the other things that seemed so overwhelming can seem to fade into the distance, or maybe even disappear.
As the above verse in Hebrews says, God’s word is powerful and even if those words in our Bibles may now be quite ancient, they are still alive, and if we let them penetrate us, we will have our lives changed. Having those words from God, foremost in our mind, or maybe ringing in our ears in song, will bring us ultimately to share in that eternal home with Christ.
Prayer: Father, Thank You for Your Word that we have available to us. I want my heart to be ready and open to receive Your words, and I pray that all who read this, may be comforted by Your Word today. Amen.
* Ancient Words – Michael W Smith
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
When has a song you’ve heard many times before, hit home with a new truth that was so appropriate for where you were at that time? Was it hard to ignore?
Listen to artist Michael W. Smith sing “Ancient Words” that Fiona speaks of, a beautiful song that will touch you just as she describes it touched her.