Hebrews 4:12-16 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The word of God is living and active, discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Much of what we say and what we hear in the day does not bear a second thought. As I once heard, “It is empty twaddle.” The Scriptures are different. We need to given more study and care to understanding them than to any other human words. God’s word is meaty and powerful, pushing us to look at ourselves.
The writer of Hebrews in his application to prayer comes in verses 14 to 16. If Jesus is this great high priest that he has been talking about, then what that means is that he can sympathise with our weaknesses, and that means we should approach the throne of grace with confidence to receive mercy and grace in our time of need.
How many of us actually follow its exhortation to approach God with confidence to find help? The promise is that if we approach God with confidence, that is with bold faith, you will receive the help that you need!
Who is this Word that cuts through our clutter,
sees when we sit and when we stand,
reads our moods and motives,
uncovers every secret
in our hearts?
it seems that
you know us better
than we know ourselves.
Please mend what needs mending,
and fill our hearts with your love and light.