Earlier this week I decided to pose a question on the Church’s Facebook page regarding some facts from the Bible. The question almost immediately produced some answers as well as a certain number of further questions. What in my mind seemed be a pretty straight-forward question had some looking for what seemed like cryptic secret meanings to the fairly simple words I used. The purpose of my question was to bring to light a truth that many Christ-followers are unaware. My own study of God’s Word has revealed some amazing information that I previously hadn’t considered or been taught.
Someone recently asked me how many times I have read through the Bible. Honestly, I really don’t know but one thing that is a constant as year by year I find my way through God’s Word is the certainty that I will discover something I previously had missed. It’s early in my annual pilgrimage through the Bible but I can think of at least 5 such discoveries already this year! I have often tried to figure our why this phenomenon, which is not unique to me, happens and I really have no clue.
I have come to the conclusion that this is one of God’s blessings for those who commit to reading His Word, over and over. Little nuggets await the person who consistently pours over the thoughts of God. A little bit more of God is revealed as the faithful keep focused on reading the Word. This is a big help to me when the routine of Scripture reading becomes tested. The thought that something is there to be discovered and that it really can be discovered by me, is good motivation to stay focused and keep up the reading.
Perhaps what is really going on is simply the fulfillment of God’s Word in the lives of those who value it. A Scripture I am thinking about says, “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.” (Hebrews 4:12)
Understanding the active nature of God’s Word brings an even deeper appreciation for Scripture. Not only will I be able to discover freshly mined truth as I read it but I am also being changed as it penetrates deeply into my life.
My hope is that you have already discovered what I am sharing today. If you have, you have much to be grateful to God. If these realities are fairly new, may I suggest that you keep reading and meditating upon God’s Word. It is so powerful and transformative and it is ready for you to experience right now!
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