The Word of God

By Fred Meserall

None of His words fall to the ground. God’s words always accomplish their purpose.

Hebrews 4:12 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 intentions of the heart.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

I believe we are living in the most distracting time in human history. We are drowning in information. The Information Age is here, and it’s rewiring our brains. According to a study by Microsoft Corp. our attention span has dropped to 1 second lower than that of a goldfish. In the time preceding Josiah the word of God had been “lost.” Today we have seemingly limitless versions of God’s word available on our computers and our phones. There are numerous Bible reading plans, listening apps and podcasts all waiting for us to engage. The word of God has never been more available, and at the same time seemingly never more neglected. God’s word is not lost today but God’s people have lost their hunger for it– and it’s not even an intentional loss of hunger; we are just too distracted. Jesus, when hungry after 40 days of fasting and while being tempted said “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

It’s that important.

If we want to grow, to know Him, to bear fruit, we must know His word. It lays us bare before Him and ourselves, it reveals our thoughts and the intentions of our heart. It is a lamp unto our feet and a light for our path. Christianity is not about a thought or an idea; it is about a person. We worship the living word of God, Jesus, and He is revealed to us by the written word of God and the Spirit.

To make this personal, I have been in trauma units and doctor’s offices recently. As I sat there, the distractions of this world meant nothing to me and did nothing for me. Scrolling through facebook, the latest news stories, cool apps and games– all useless. The only thing I found comforting, other than the presence of family and knowing friends, was praying God’s word, specifically God’s word that I had stored in my heart. He brings it back when you need it. In those dark moments only God can comfort you by His person, His Spirit, and His word. The Word reminds you of who He is, that he has plans for you that are good, that He causes all things to work together for good, that He offers a peace that passes understanding, that He is standing with you, and that in the midst of tragedy He is still on the throne and He loves you with an everlasting love.

By Fred Meserall

Fred and his wife Susan began attending Kingsway in June of 2014. They found Kingsway to be a place of refreshment and healing after their previous church experience. Fred is passionate about pursuing God, family, and lifegroups (including his current group which has been meeting continuously for 16 years). Fred and Susan absolutely love the fact that they, their two daughters and their husbands, and grandchildren all attend church together. Fred is a non-recovering “aquaholic” who enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, communing with God, working on his videoblog (aptly titled “Still at the Beach”), and all things surf and family.