The Living Word of God

Jana Carlson

Jana Carlson

God has something to say to you - and me - TODAY, and He is speaking through the pages of your Bible.


The Word of God is my absolute favorite subject. It has affected me and changed my life in every season and stage and I truly don’t know how I’d survive without it. It really does have something to say for every individual in any situation. God’s Word is living and powerful. It is 100% relevant and applicable today.

Nothing excites me as much as digging into this precious Book and sharing what I’ve learned and how it affects my life and changes my heart. I love to teach other women about the power of God’s Word and the impact it can have in their lives – no matter where they’re at.

God has something to say to you – and me – TODAY, and He is speaking through the pages of your Bible.

Hebrews 4:12 says:

“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.”

Few things excite me more than the reality of this verse in my life!

I was born with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Reading was my all-time favorite thing to do for my entire childhood. It actually became a habit so severe that I would even turn all the shampoo bottles in the bathtub so that I had something to read while I was in there! I’m quite sure I had the ingredients list memorized and could recite all the glorious benefits of each brand!

By God’s grace, my reading habit and thirst for knowledge also applied to His Word. I loved reading it. I loved learning about it, studying it, and applying it.

God’s Word Has Power

In my adulthood, I went through a season of near-exhaustion when my children were all 4 and under. I was struggling to have the energy to function and to be the wife and mom I needed to be, let alone spend time in God’s Word, reviving my spirit the way I used to.

One day while my children were all napping, I pulled out my Bible and began reading Hebrews 4. When verse 12 came up, I dug deeper. The word “living” refers to something that is literally alive. “Active” means “full of energy”. I just stopped there and mulled that over for a good long while…

If God’s Word is a living thing that is full of energy, then it must have an impact on my life. It must affect me. It must make a difference. Clearly, it has power. (I could unpack Hebrews 4:12 all day because it’s so rich and full of incredible truth, but I’ll just stop right here before I get too carried away.)

Upon that realization, I decided that I needed more of God’s Word in my life because I was running on empty. If His Word had power, maybe it could compensate for my lack of energy. It probably won’t surprise you when I say that my life was changed.

Eating To Live

In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says,

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

If we really believe that, why are we so reluctant to feed ourselves with it? Why don’t we make it a priority the way we make eating physical food a priority?

I began to consider time spent reading my Bible as important to my day as eating breakfast. (Something I’m sure any mother of young children knows well is that breakfast is NOT to be missed! Those kids wake up on the brink of starvation, ready to pounce and devour whatever is available for consumption!)

I began to leave my Bible open, lying around wherever there was a free space. I’d snag a verse here, snack on one there, chew on it throughout the day. I became more energized. Was I still a tired mother of three little ones? Yes. But I had greater endurance. I didn’t snap as quickly when the milk spilled – again! I found greater joy in the chaos and crazy of that season of my life. God’s Word equipped me with the truth I needed to live out the calling He had on my life. He fed me the nutrition my soul craved when my physical body was in survival mode.

This has become a lifestyle for me. I can tell you with absolute honesty that I have no clue how people survive this life without God’s Word. I really and truly don’t. I don’t think I’d still be here without it.

One Thing Is Sure

There have been times in my life since that life-altering day in Hebrews 4:12 when I was physically incapable of functioning, when I was emotionally depressed and a complete mess, when I was in a spiritual wilderness with no end in sight, when I was so overwhelmed by our seemingly hopeless circumstances that I literally couldn’t even think about them anymore and wasted hours of my day just doing absolutely nothing because there seemed to be nothing worth doing. There were seasons when we couldn’t put food on the table to feed our kids. There were seasons of relational turmoil and grieving losses and betrayal by friends and debilitating health issues. This life is no “walk in the park”.

Through it all, even in the darkest moments and the deepest pits, there is one thing I could cling to with absolute certainty – God’s Word. I know it is true. I know it is real. I know it is powerful and active. He promises in Isaiah 55:11 that

[God’s Word] will not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Isn’t that so exciting?!

No matter what my circumstances look like, no matter how I’m feeling physically or emotionally, God’s Word is true and I can read it and be reminded of that truth and I can trust it and wait for it to come to pass. I can anticipate seeing it in action. I can know that God’s Word is working in my heart and that there is transformation happening, even if it’s beneath the surface for now.

God’s Word does affect me physically. I have suffered from anxiety attacks at various times in my life and I can say that being able to meditate on God’s promises were the best and most effective prescription.

Not Just A Book

His Word has power like this because it’s not just words. It’s not just a book. John 1:1 tells us that

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

My Bible is how I converse with God. It is Him speaking to me. It allows me to have a real and personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe. I can sit in my chair with my Bible open and talk to Him and listen to Him because He uses His Word to minister to my heart, to comfort me, to correct me, to teach me. Without it, I’d have no clear direction. I’d have no promises to cling to. I wouldn’t know who Jesus is and what His character is. I wouldn’t know how He taught us to pray. I wouldn’t know how to be who He’s called me to be. The list goes on.

As I said, I could literally talk about this forever. But this is just a glimpse of where my heart is. I love God’s Word and I’m passionate about learning to wield it well.

8 Responses

  1. Your passion for God’s Word is palpable and contagious in the words you have penned here! God bless you for inspiring others through your words to dig into His Word!

  2. I love this! I too have grown to be absolutely in love with the Word. There really is nothing quite like it. And thank you for sharing your heart here, about the struggles. I have been through my own deep, dark times, and have found that God’s Word is really the only thing that will sustain me, the only thing ultimately worth standing on. God bless!

    1. Heather, I’m thrilled to hear of your love for God’s Word. Nothing makes my heart more glad than shared passion for my favorite Book! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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