For the word of God is alive 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. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
— Hebrews 4:12-13 NIV

This chapter starts out with a warning to the Hebrew church about trusting and obeying God’s word. That they should not want to be a people of disobedience. Then we read about the power of God’s word—that it is alive and active. It is “sharper than any double-edged sword. It is powerful and active in each of our hearts. And finally we go on to read that there is nothing we do or nothing we think that is hidden from Him. 

As soon as I read this I was reminded of a Bethel song “You Know Me.” The bridge is “Nothing is hidden from Your sight, Wherever I go, You find me. You know every detail of my life. You are God and You don't miss a thing.” That’s powerful. Nothing is hidden from His sight. No thought. No action. Nothing. There is no exception to that statement. In Hebrews we read the same thing. “Nothing in all of creation is hidden from God’s sight.” We are told that everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of God. What He says goes. The word is still alive and active today—in each of our hearts if we allow it to be. The message version says His Word “is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey.” We were created to listen and obey to Him. There is no doubt too big. There is no reason too heavy for Him. 

My challenge to you is to be a daughter or son of His word. That we would let Him speak to us through His word. The bible is one of the most important ways that we can know who He is and who He says we are. It is what we have. The bible isn't meant to be a dust collector on the tallest shelf. The bible isn't meant to be a boring history book. It is His word to each of us. I challenge you to pray the next time you read it. Whether it is for the first time or the hundredth time, that you would ask Him to speak through it. Ask that He would speak directly to your heart, to the season that you are in and to you in a way that He never has before.


God, I thank you that your word is alive and active. Thank you that you don't miss a thing. I pray that you would come and speak to each of us through your word. That we would be able to hear you and know more of who you are. We invite you to come and speak. 

- Ashley Gibson