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Thursday, September 6th, '18

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ENERGIZER

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful..." (Hebrews 4:12)

 

Every useful thing has batteries of some kind. It may be a hybrid electric car, a cordless drill, or a living, breathing person, but we all have one thing in common, the need to be charged. What are you plugged into? Where do you go for power? Our text says the word of God is "quick", that means "living", but also "powerful", which is the Greek word energeo, the origin of our word energy. The prefix en means "into", and ergo is the root for our word "ergonomic" which has to do with work or the workplace. So energeo means "to work into", or more accurately, a "powerful inner working". The word works!

 

And how we need a shot of energy! Our government has a whole Department of Energy. Foods and vitamins advertise energy. Fitness gurus promise more of the stuff. Eveready and Duracell compete over the nine-volt and double-A market. We have power bars and energy drinks. And every new gizmo or recipe sells, at least for a while, because everyone is seeking greater energy. In marches the Bible, little unlike the pink bunny beating the marching band drum. It is alive and energetic. "For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power - making it active, operative, energizing and effective..." (AMP)

 

No energy source is of value until it is tapped. It is not enough to appreciate the Bible, we have to appropriate it. The golf cart needs to charge for an hour or more, as does the electric razor, portable vacuum or whatever. It takes that much time in the Word as well to charge dry cells. A little dab'll do ya is all right for teasing hair but has never been sufficient for spiritual needs. Regarding manna, the Hebrews were to "gather a certain quota every day" (Exodus 16:4 NKJV). Good stew requires hours of simmering. Coffee has to percolate before it is ready to circulate. Appropriating the energy resident in the Word cannot come from spasmodic or sporadic visits to the Bible. You must plug in and stay plugged in to reap lasting benefit.

 

 "It's still running and running and running..." Ever seen people that seem to never run down? Believe me, the hyperventilated will eventually pass out even if you never personally witness it. Everyone has to have a system for recharge and recovery. That is why we were given the Sabbath. The body needs physical rest but much more, the mind and spirit need refreshment. I can't say enough for prayer but our present theme deals with the energy boost found in the Word. It is the Spirit and anointing that rests on the Bible's inspired pages that enables its transfer of power. If the Bible was not "in-breathed" with the life of the Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16) it would be as dead a battery as any other man-made composition or source. But it is different. Scripture is alive, vibrant, pulsating, imparting. It leaves you feeling up. It inspires purpose. It puts a skip back in the step and rhythm back in the Energizer bunny's drumbeat. I've studied it profusely for the last thirty years and have never found it less than full and satisfying. Enjoy these devotions. They'll give the reader a shot in the arm. But if you want real "juice", shut off the computer and reach for the Word.


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