Hebrews 5:12 – “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.”
Have you ever noticed that the Word has life? It’s not static. It has depth and breadth; hidden corners and nooks that require repeated exploration. I’ve been through the Bible a few times; and every time, I learn something new. It’s like the Spirit is reading me as I read the Word, guiding my heart and mind to a new interpretation of the text that speaks to my current life experiences and provides valuable insight and wisdom for me (or for someone to whom I am meant to minister). It amazes me, actually!
It also humbles me a bit. There are millions of people out there reading the Word RIGHT NOW…developing new and unique perspectives about God’s heart and character of which I might never have dreamed. It would be pure hubris to believe that mine was the only valid insight into the Word. To be clear, there are definitely very black and white, certain, and inarguable aspects of the Bible; but it is always fascinating to me how you can take one verse and get 50 different insights from 50 different people. The Word has life!
However, despite my appreciation for some diversity of perspective, I’ve learned that it’s important to handle the Word with care…engaging in our own study (not just being receivers of the Word on Sunday morning), praying for wisdom and discernment, seeking wise council from spiritual mentors, and questioning and testing everything (1 John 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:21); not believing a “truth” just because someone said so, but reading the Word ourselves and opening our hearts and minds to be led by the Spirit. With the Word firmly imprinted upon your heart (Deuteronomy 11:18, Hebrews 10:16), you will be better prepared to discern the truth when someone is wielding the Word misguidedly; and you will be better able to lovingly engage in a healthy discourse on scripture in a way that bears fruit and brings glory to God.
Isaiah 55:11 – “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”