“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. And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all naked and exposed to the eyes of Him whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:12-13
- having life; being alive; not dead: living persons.
- in actual existence or use; extant: living languages.
- active or thriving; vigorous; strong: a living faith.
- burning or glowing, as a coal.
- flowing freely, as water.
- pertaining to, suitable for, or sufficient for existence or subsistence: living conditions; a living wage.
- of or relating to living persons: within living memory
- the act or condition of a person or thing that lives: Living is very expensive these days.
- the means of maintaining life; livelihood: to earn one’s living.
When we pause and take a moment to look into the meaning of words and allow them to shape our minds and how we think about them, they have the potential to change the way we approach the very thing we speak those words about.
If we really believe the word of God is living then we can approach it knowing it exists currently as in a living, breathing person who exists among us and is for this time and place. If indeed it is “thriving, vigorous and strong,” then it can uphold even the greatest struggle and the weightiest burden. If it truly “flows freely, as water,” then there is no end to its nourishment for us. If it is “relating to living persons” then it not only relates to us, more importantly it tells us who our Creator God is and tells us about his nature, character and the way He deals with His people.
I’m reading a One Year Bible plan this year and at times, I confess, it’s a lot to read in one sitting. But when I approach it as though I am getting to know a person, then the words come off the page at me like I’ve never seen them before. Narratives so familiar become like a freshly brewed cup of the best coffee in the world, awakening all my senses to the reality of who God is and how He loves me.
Even today, as I opened up to Exodus 25, these words stood out to me when in the past I may have glossed over them:
“Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.” (Exodus 25:1)
From everyone whose heart prompts them to give. Even in the Old Testament when we think of sacrifices, laws that need to be followed or else… Here is our God, so desperately wanting the hearts of His people and giving them the opportunity to choose Him.
Each day, we have a choice to approach the God of the universe through His word, to take Him at His word and trust He has something good for us, like a daily loaf of freshly baked, warm and crusty bread. How good is that?
Let me encourage us to be women who not only love God with our hearts and souls but also with our minds. Let us allow the word of God to come alive to us by approaching it as a living and active being, a being that causes us to think well about God and life.
“In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
Our Jesus is found, very much alive, in the thin crinkly pages of that book you have or the screen you scroll up and down on. Whatever your method of interacting with Him is, go to Him and allow Him to breathe life into you.