Exalt the Word

“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any o you should seem to come short of it.  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
 – Hebrews 4:1,2
Friend, I am glad to tell you that God’s Word is sent to you for your profit.  That’s right.  What I mean is that the ministration of the Word being preached to you is to bring you into the fullness of God.
That’s the good news, but do you know that as good and as powerful as the Word of God is, it can become unfruitful in people.  How can that be?  How does it happen?  The bible says it is because it is not mixed with faith in the hearers of the Word. 
The problem doesn’t just start in one day.  No, it’s very subtle.  Take the children of Israel for example.  Their history is fully illustrated with acts and visitations of God.  They are God’s covenant people.  Testimonies of God’s greatness abounded from Abraham to the Red Sea, in the wilderness, from the walls of Jericho to David and on and on.
But somehow, the Word of God had become common place with the people.  They heard it in their ears, but they didn’t hear it in their hearts.  Soon after that – and no one seemed to have realized – they began to detest the Word.  They call it a “burden”.  “What is the burden of the Lord?” they would ask the prophets.  The Word sent couldn’t profit them.
But Moses, that’s the Old Testament, we know better now.” But, do we?
In the above verse, we are admonished to watch lest we fall into the same predicament.  How exactly do we do that?
The first thing is to give reverence to the Word of God.  The Word is more real than anything in the natural.  It’s more real than your career, education or what have you.  That Word is more real than your bank account.  Give the Word of God first place in your life.  Above all else, exalt the Word.
A heart that exalts the Word is a heart that will mix it with faith.  Let’s do just that.