Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | August 4, 2015

August 4, 2015 “Come On In, The Water’s Fine!”

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Good Morning My Dear Friends!

There are few things that spark the imagination as does a good story. From childhood, when we would eagerly listen to our parents read us a story at bedtime, through adulthood, as we curl up with a good book and let its pages fire our imaginations, stories transport us to distant lands and introduce us to a myriad of characters, real and fictional. Those accounts discovered in their pages excite and illuminate.

This is especially true of God’s Holy Word, the Bible. I can vividly recall as a child the first time I ever heard the story of the Exodus and the parting of the waters of the Red Sea. I could picture the event more vividly in my mind even more dramatically than Cecil B. DeMille ever depicted it on the movie screen. I fell in love with the stories of scripture, where giants were slain by a brave boy with nothing more than a few stones and a sling shot…where the mouths of ravenous lions were shut when Daniel was cast into the pit…where Noah and his family built a boat big enough for every kind of animal and they as God sent a flood upon the whole world…and where the very Son of God came into the world and laid down his life and rose again, all because of his immeasurable love for each one of us. The fact that these were true stories did not escape my attention, but made them all the more amazing and wonderful in my mind and in my heart.

Now that I am a man, I am still dazzled by their power, their majesty, and their veracity. The verse from Hebrews gives us the reason for this, stating that the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword…”  The Bible is much more than a well-written book full of drama, pathos, poetry, and history…it is “living and active.” Augustine once wrote of it,

“The Bible is shallow enough for a child not to drown, yet deep enough for an elephant to swim.” 

It spans the centuries and is as relevant today as it was when first penned. It excites the mind of the child and dazzles the heart of the adult. Long after other great novels have turned to dust and faded from the collective memory of the masses, the Bible will prevail, for it is “God-breathed”, timeless and true.  Do you enjoy curling up with a good book? Why not make it a daily practice to curl up with THE “Good Book.”  In it you will discover truths both simple and profound, where you can wade in the water of life or plunge into the depths of unfathomable love and grace. So “come on in…the water’s fine!” Let’s pray!

Glorious Lord; Thank you for providing us with such a source of joy, wonder, truth, information, and revelation …your Holy Word. May we partake of it each day and be filled more and more as we do so…filled with knowledge, wisdom, and wonder. This we pray in the blessed name above every name…Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

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