You’ve probably heard the passage:
For 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. Hebrews 4:12
And then you’ve probably wondered, “what exactly does it mean that the Bible is living? active?”
Me too, actually.
Have you ever read a passage (let’s say from Philippians), and you were struck by a verse, right to the heart, and at that moment, it was the most profound thing you’d ever read? But then you go back to that same passage months later, or even a year after your initial reading, and suddenly, you’re struck again but in a completely different way? THAT is what I’m talking about. It is alive! This is possibly the best news ever.
Here’s the reason why… Haven’t you ever been in a place in which you were desperate to encounter God or receive encouragement from His word or get help for a particular sin? Maybe you read your daily Bible reading, and it just didn’t do anything for you. You begin to think, “what’s wrong with me that I don’t get anything out of this Bible?” But then, you keep reading…and reading. And suddenly you begin to experience what the writer of Hebrews talked about. It pierces your soul. It discerns your thoughts. You start to change. It’s alive in you.
There is never a moment in which God’s word takes a break from working in your heart and mind. It is ACTIVE. Just when you begin to despair over a life circumstance or a particular sin that you can’t seem to overcome, His word penetrates those places of greatest need and you walk away changed.
God so desires for you to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He uses His own words to break up the rough soil in our hearts and plants His truth there. It’s not just words on a page. They are words that have the power to transform our very lives.