Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

New Hope (Part 1) – Day 7

New hope ... in God’s word

Bible text(s)

12The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12GNBOpen in Bible reader

16All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, 17so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.

2 Timothy 3:16-17GNBOpen in Bible reader

5“God keeps every promise he makes. He is like a shield for all who seek his protection.

Proverbs 30:5GNBOpen in Bible reader

35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Matthew 24:35GNBOpen in Bible reader

The golf ball and the Bible. What do these two things have in common?

The golf ball: My husband is an avid golf player and, from time to time, I find golf balls lying around in our house. I did not attach a lot of value to these balls. When I was 8 months pregnant, I had a lot of back pain and spasms. The pain and discomfort was especially bad at night when I changed my sleeping position. It caused me to lay awake for a few minutes before I fell asleep again. My husband devised a plan: put the golf ball behind your back on the spasm and roll over it to push out the spasm. It worked! Suddenly, I was aware of each golf ball in our house and I slept with a lot less pain and discomfort!

The Bible: Most of us have more than one Bible in our homes. The question is: is it still a valuable possession to you or has it become like the stray golf balls, because you rarely pick it up to read from it? When we fail to spend time in God’s presence and read from his word, we start to dwell on the challenges in our lives, with discomfort in our souls, whether financially, in our marriage, in the workplace or with our health. This, while the word of God, which is at our disposal, is filled with promises to comfort and guide us, and give us new hope for any difficult situation. When we take time to read the word and discover the value of these promises in our lives, it becomes like the golf ball – indispensable.

God’s word is alive and powerful. In Hebrews 4:12 we read: 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. And in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 we read: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

God’s promises also never change. In Proverbs 30:5 it is written: “Every word of God is tried and purified; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him.” And in Matthew 24:35, Jesus says: “Sky and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”

Therefore, when you experience discomfort and pain in your soul again, pick up the word of God and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to the right passage. You may be amazed at how quickly the “spasms” in the form of challenges disappear from your life and how much better you handle certain situations when you know what God says about it in his word! God bless.

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