Have you ever been reading or listening to a familiar passage of the Bible and had the realization “Hey, I’ve never noticed that before!” It might be a passage you have visited many times and there seem to be new things that you are understanding for the first time, or in ways you haven’t before. It happens to me fairly often, especially when I am not in a rush to get through a passage. I’d say I’m surprised when it happens, but I’m almost expecting new insights each time I go to the Word anymore. I suppose that’s not a bad thing. What new discoveries has God revealed to you most recently during your time in His Word?
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
If you are like me, maybe you have gone for long stretches of time without getting into the Bible regularly, for whatever reasons. After a while, do you ever start to hunger for getting back to it? Maybe not even a desire to just sit and read, but even just remembering a verse and wanting to go back and read that again, or wanting to look up something that triggered your memory. To be honest, I struggle memorizing numbers like chapter and verse references, but I do remember long stretches of words, or meanings of phrases fairly well. With current technology, its fairly easy to type in the words ‘verse’ and ‘be kind to one another’ and come up with what you were thinking. This usually leads to reading what context that phrase was written, which often leads to more discovery. Its really quite interesting and exciting, in a spiritual sense, as the more you dig, the more you find. God always has something new for us in His ancient words. As you explore, may you be rewarded with new growth in your heart, mind, and life!
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
Yours in Christ,