As If It’s The First Time
“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 ESV
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to experience on of my favorite films in a movie theater. I saw this film when it first came out ten years ago and have watched it countless times since then. As I sat in my seat waiting for the trailers to start, I kept telling myself “Let’s try to watch this as if we’ve never seen it before.” So I did. The visual effects I have seen multiple times were stunning again. The plot was thrilling. The action scenes were so exciting that my watch buzzed and told me it detected an increase in my heart rate.
Nothing had changed about the movie. All the lines the actors said were the same, the punches fell in the same places, and the plot went through the same twists and turns it always did. The only change was in my mindset. I decided to watch the movie as if it was the first time I had ever seen it.
The same principle applies to our Bible readings. There are stories many of us have heard since we were kids, and our brains have a tendency to skim these passages instead of read them. Yes, we see all the words, but there is a difference between seeing every individual word on a page and truly reading a page. This is why I love this verse of Scripture in Hebrews. The Word of God is living and active. It reaches out to me where I am. But if I’m simply seeing the words, I may miss the extraordinary encouragement God has for me today simply because I think I know all there is to know about the passage I’m looking at.
For example, a few weeks ago I was preparing a lesson on Genesis Chapter 1 for the Kids Ministry. It’s the creation and I’ve heard that passage countless times since I was 2. But I challenged myself. “Let’s read this passage as if it was my first time to hear this.” By attempting to come at this familiar passage of Scripture with fresh eyes, God spoke and showed me something I had never seen before. In fact, weeks later, I’m still blown away by what I saw and how amazing our God is. I’m sure I’ll share this with you very soon, but that’s another devotion for another day.
The point is that the Bible is living and active, reaching out and speaking to us where we are. Let’s make sure we treat it that way. In fact, take some time right now to look up your favorite passage of Scripture. Read it with new eyes. Say to yourself “I’m going to read this as if it’s the first time.” Who knows? Maybe God has something just for you hidden in your favorite passage.
Pray: God, thank You for loving me and sending Your word to meet me where I am. Help me to not see Your Word as familiar words on a page, but as a living and active message that you have sent to speak to me today.
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