For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any
two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and
of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and the intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4: 12

 

This is where the relationship that a Christian has with God
gets very hard. It is also where it gets to be incredibly easy. The fact and
the reality of this relationship being one that exists on a mystical level; a
deep, spirit and soul plane of our existence; makes it unique in the area of
life direction and advice. We can look to many sources for input on both the
big-picture aspects of living and for the situations that we encounter along
the way. There is great, alright, and completely wrong guidance available for
almost anything. Yet, only God and His Word reach deeply into our hearts and
minds with penetrating and totally reliable insight and wisdom.

 

Neither is God a counselor who you have to plan ahead in
order to get the benefit of His wisdom, for He is truly involved in the very
minute details of our existence. God is fully aware of the things that we do,
the struggles that we encounter, and He understands the thoughts that we have
before they are even formed in our minds. I do not know myself as well as my
Lord does. Christ is fully alive in my world as well. He is the center of all
that is vital, and His Spirit is continually present with me. I find great
comfort in this fact, for Christ has taken control of this world away from
Satan. Evil does have an effect and it does influence people and events that
reach out to harm people and our world. However, Christ has turned all of this
evil activity and influence for His glory, God’s purposes, and for our greatest
good.

 

Just as God knows my thoughts and my intentions, so does His
Word speak to them. In the Word are found insights into the ways that every
person we will ever encounter will think and act. Even more powerful to me is
the fact that my entire life story is written there. Each and every aspect of
living in a manner that is concerned, loving, empathetic, understanding,
thoughtful, and righteous is contained in these pages. Although the story that
I am reading may be set thousands of years ago, I am led by the Spirit to see
myself and my world described in clear detail on the pages. The Word of God is
every bit as alive as He is in this day and in the place where I dwell. All
that I need to do to find the advice that is required to live well today is to
dwell on the pages of His Word, in the presence of His Spirit, and in the
company of His community of faith.