Hebrews 4:12, NIV: For the word of God is living 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.

It has been my experience that the right word at the right time has the perfect effect. Look into the eyes of another Christian when he or she has heard something that strikes a chord. The lights come on—the person’s face brightens—hope is restored. The power of a word is truly amazing, and none more so than the Word of God. Scripture committed to memory is an always ready resource for the Holy Spirit to draw upon and provide to us the timely Word. Words of encouragement. Words of direction. Words of wisdom. Words of hope. Whatever the question; whatever the need, God’s Word penetrates and provides the perfect timely Word.