I used to see God’s Word as a good guidebook for life. And, yes, it is that. And, yes, it is a history lesson and a prophecy of things to come and God’s message of love, redemption, and salvation.
But it is still more than all that.
Ephesians 6:17 identifies the Word as the “sword of the Spirit.” Along with prayer, it is the only offensive weapon we have in the spiritual battle. The other pieces of “armor” (read Ephesians 6) are defensive, meant to help us resist the attacks of Satan. But prayer and the Word (and the Holy Spirit) are meant to help us advance against him, to strike back.
The Word is a sword . . . and yet so often I treat it like a pillow. Like a nice soft, comforting, cushy thing to lay my head down on at night to help me sleep better. I read the Bible, get some good advice, learn about God’s love and forgiveness, check “Bible reading” off my daily list . . . okay, good, now I can sleep easier.
I have been sleeping on my sword!