Have you ever read a story that came to life before your eyes? The phrases and characters and story was so real, so visceral, so gripping that you could have sworn the scenes jumped off the page and played out in front of you?
With my imagination as active as it is, this isn’t unusual for me. But some stories are easier for me to imagine, and usually those are the stories that stick with me.
The Bible is full of stories like that. You can read a story in the Bible one day, and it will mean something to you on one level. A year later, you can read the same story over again, and it will strike you in a completely different way. Is it because the Bible is so well written?
Today’s verses are Hebrews 4:12-13.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
Maybe you’ve heard people say that the Bible is alive. If you’re like me, you didn’t believe it at first, because how can a book be alive? I mean, a story can feel alive sometimes if the writer had done a good job in research and imagery. But actually alive? That’s impossible. It’s just a book.
If the Bible were just any old book, that would be true. But the Bible is more than a book. The Bible is God’s Word. And God’s Word lives.
It’s not an accident that the Bible will communicate different things to you at different points at your life. Why do you think people have been reading it for so long? How do you think pastors find all this material to talk about? Why do you think the Bible is consistently the best-selling book in the industry every year?
Believe me, I love a good adventure story just like anyone else, and I enjoy hearing some stories over and over again. And, yes, revisiting a book I read as a child with my adult perspective often gives me insights I didn’t have before. But the Bible is more than that.
The Bible grows with me. it lives and breathes like I do, it follows me around, and I can’t escape the lessons I’ve learned from it.
When you take the Bible and apply its principles and teachings to your life, something happens. Your life changes. Your perspective changes. You start seeing God’s hand in your life. You start recognizing foolish choices before you make them. You start preferring peace with people instead of pursuing your own comfort.
The next time you pick up a Bible, don’t let yourself think that it’s just another book. Sure, it’s made from paper and ink like every other book, but no other book can show you the only way to truly live. No other book will grow as you grow or take you into a deeper relationship with Jesus every day.
The Bible shows us who we are, who God is, who Jesus is, and what our future holds. It cuts through the dirt and filth and fog of our lives and shines the light on the narrow road that Jesus walked.
I don’t know about you, but I want to live an extraordinary story. I want the tale of my life to be miracles, promises kept, and impossible provision. I want to live in such a way that I can point to my Lord when someone asks me how I made it. I want to be blessed.
So that means, I need the Bible. I need God’s Word in my life, His rules for living, His plans for making decisions, His directions for what path to take. And all the stories throughout all of Scripture have all that information just waiting to be discovered. I just have to read it and use it.