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 4:12The truth of God’s Word is coursing through my veins and gives me strength for today, bright hope for tomorrow. Even if I don’t feel it.
When I picked up my iPhone this morning to read my daily portion of the Bible on YouVersion, I realized that it had been about five days since I last did that. Ouch. Long past are the days where I would have nagged myself into a guilt-ridden stupor due to my slothful attitude toward the word of God. However, I cannot deny that I was disappointed in myself. When I don’t feed my spirit with the inspired words of my Creator, my flesh wins. Over the years I’ve heard people say that when they read the Bible they don’t always get something from it. Especially if they’ve read the Bible many times over. Heck, I’ve been guilty of feeling that myself. But here’s what I recently learned that brought a new sense of hope to me in my study of the Word of God. Up until about seven weeks ago, a little drug called Simvastatin was coursing through my veins. Unfortunately, two years into taking the cholesterol-lowering medication, I began to experience some side effects that were fairly uncomfortable and a bit on the painful side. And Cindy Beall does not do pain. After discussing it with my doctor, I got off the medication. My recent weight loss caused my cholesterol levels to decrease even more in addition to what the medicine was doing. We are hoping that the weight loss and change of diet will keep my numbers below 200. So what does my cholesterol medicine have to do with my time in the Word? Plenty. I never felt the medicine going through my veins. The only way I knew it was there was the numbers I’d get back from my blood tests. The medicine did its job and was there when I needed it. The Word of God is similar. I may read a passage one morning that doesn’t necessarily jump off the page at me or even “do anything for me”. In fact, I might read it and think the whole situation was crazy. But filling my mind and heart with God’s Word is doing something for me. It’s there when I need it. Just like my medicine was. Here’s the best part. Who knows what could have happened to me over the last couple of years if I had not taken the medicine. I could have had a heart attack. It may be unlikely at my age, but it’s still possible due to my elevated cholesterol levels. And who knows what can happen to you, to me if we don’t spend time reading God’s Word…the very words He gave us to communicate truth to us.