Our world is filled with words. Words on TV, radio, newspapers, and billboards. Words at school, work, city hall, and Washington. How many of these words can we count on? Most of us would probably answer “Not many!” Words are often used for seductiveness and not truthfulness. For instance, one might name a new housing addition “Harbor View” although the nearest harbor is hundreds of miles away. We go through life bombarded by words and sometimes we feel overwhelmed.
Although God could have revealed Himself in any number of ways He chose words, but words from God are different than the others we encounter. God’s word is truth (John 17:17). God’s word will not pass away (Matt. 24:35). God’s word is powerful (Rom. 1:16). It has the ability to save (James 1:21). Jesus is called the Word (John 1:1) and He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). God’s words are different.
In Hebrews 2:1-3 we are encouraged to pay close attention to the words of God and not to neglect them. When we are bombarded with words in our everyday life we react differently. Some we trust, others we don’t. Some we believe, others we don’t. The word of God should receive a much different reaction from us. All of God’s word is truth. All of God’s word can be trusted. We should study the word of God. We should contemplate it. We should chew on it. We should meditate on it. We will sometimes wrestle with it, but we should never neglect it. God’s words are not always easy for us to hear, but in this world they are all we have.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12).