I’ve read these verses a million times or more, I’m sure. Sometimes, though, when I read a verse or passage, it strikes a chord that I’d never heard before.. and that’s the case here.

“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. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:12-16, TNIV

God’s word is so alive, and it will change the life of every single person who is willing to let it. It penetrates everything — this is why people who try to prove the Bible wrong can never succeed in their mission. It is why we hear a verse and are convinced someplace inside that it must have been written specifically for us.

Nothing is hidden from Him… not anything we do or say, anything we think, anything we want or dream. It should cause some second thoughts about the way we live sometimes. Especially considering that we must give account to Him about how we’ve lived our lives.

But I believe knowing that nothing at all is hidden from God is really an encouraging reassurance. He knows exactly what we’re going through. He knows our good days as well as our bad. He hears every prayer before we even pray it. He knows those dreams that we keep locked deep within and don’t tell a soul. And He doesn’t just know all of this. He knows it, and he cares. We have Jesus as our high priest, who empathizes with us and has had His own heart ache just like our hearts ache sometimes. He’s been in circumstances like ours and wants us to come to Him confidently. He loves it when we pour out our hearts to Him.

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” – Psalm 62:8, TNIV

With a God like this, how can we not hold on firmly to the faith we profess? To really honestly profess this faith means we’ve got to live it too. We have to put Jesus in our everyday lives. Not just when we go to church or are around Christian friends, but every moment of every day. That is how others will see Jesus in us.

Please keep on praying, believing, and praising always for Jon and his family. If you’ve not done so yet.. please catch up on Jon and Amy’s story!