eat or be eaten alive

The word of God is alive and active… (Hebrews 4:12)

What does that mean?  Does the word of God literally breathe?

Well, maybe not in a literal sense, but God’s Word sure does speak to me?  How about you?  Have you ever read a piece of Scripture that literally ‘spoke’ to you – like it was written to you, for a certain time in your life?

Or, have you noticed that our ‘Papa’ is one pretty smart guy?  From cover to cover, book to book, chapter to chapter, verse to verse – the Word of God fits together…is intertwined?  Amazing, isn’t it?

Take these verses from Isaiah 1:19-20 -If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.

If I am willing and obedient, if I choose to follow what God commands (to love Him with everything I am and my neighbor as myself), I will eat!  Eat of the Bread of Life… not only bear the fruit of the Spirit, but also partake of it…drink the Living Water…

And what does God require?  Yes, to obey His commands, but also “what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humblywith your God.” ~Micah 6:8

Won’t those things just come ‘naturally’ from our love relationship with Him?

But, what if we choose not to obey…”you will be devoured by the sword.”  Taking just a little deeper look at this, couldn’t the ‘sword’ be the living and active Word of God? (Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God.)  Although this may not be the original use of the word, is it not possible?  Does God’s Word just gnaw at you sometimes – times when you need to act on something, or confess something, or take care of some God business?  And, in a sense, eat you alive?

Just a thought for today…do you want to eat – to delight in, to relish, to feast…or do you want to be devoured, to be eaten alive by the Word of God?

Taste and see that the LORD is good…~Psalm 34:8





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