The Living Word

Bible glowMany have heard the bible, scripture, is the “living word”. As a young man I truly couldn’t wrap my head around that one; I mean it was pieces of paper. But as I have grown older and remain on a quest to seek the truth, I have come to understand exactly what is meant in calling scripture the living word.

When we make scripture a part of our daily life, we allow God to come to us through His word. Whatever we may be needing that day, whatever answers we may be searching for or whatever message God needs for us to hear at this stage of our lives can be transmitted and received through the scriptures. At times I have come back and revisited a passage I may have read years before and the most incredible thing occurs; I receive a completely different message from the same scripture. God may have seen I was in a different place in my life than the time before and through His power and through His living word, He communicated a different message to me using the same words! Incredible and powerful!

One example I would like to share is of a time I was leading a group in reading and breaking open scripture. We would share a particular scripture and then discuss its meaning. Generally everyone is on the same page and for the most part shared how that common perspective effected them. This one evening in particular we were going over John Chapter 11, the story of Christ raising Lazarus from the dead.  Mary and Martha, Lazarus’s sisters had sent lazarus risingword to Christ that the one he loved was ill. Jesus waited 2 days before making the journey which took several more days. By the time Jesus reached Bethany, Lazarus had been dead and in the tomb for four days. Of course both the women came running to Christ, weeping, telling Him had he been there, their brother would still be alive. When Jesus saw them crying, He wept. (John 11:35)

Now this weeping of Jesus is what I want to share in particular. We began to share with one another the significance of this action by Jesus, His weeping. For the most part we all agreed it was a sign of His true humanity, that seeing His friends hurting truly cut to His inner most feelings and He Himself could not help from crying. If we are to believe that Christ came to this earth not only to save us but to experience everything we as humans experience, then something such as death, loss and grief would have been an important part of His human experience.

Now to my point. There was a young 18-year-old who was there involved in the group, and he usually didn’t say much. He was at a point in his life where he was questioning his faith, what he believed in and whether or not Christ was real! He had an experience and a take of this scripture I will never forget.

When he began to share what this scripture spoke to him, I was taken aback! What remarkable insight. He brought to our attention a different reason he thought Jesus may have been weeping. He said he believed that Jesus, knowing Lazarus was already dead, knew that he was in paradise with the Father, that Lazarus was now in heaven. But because of our lack of faith, the sisters and those around Jesus’s lack of faith, he had to bring Lazarus back from the Father, back from the eternal paradise of Heaven just to prove to us the power of God. For this reason, our lack of faith and having to bring Lazarus back from heaven, was the reason Jesus was weeping!

Wow, I thought. I had never thought of it from that perspective before, but I could see it. The awesome thing was that this scripture, this “living word”, had spoken to this young 18-year-old man the exact words he needed to hear. He began weeping relating to the story of those questioning their faith and belief, like he had been up to that time, and it was as if Christ performed that miracle all over again just to prove to this young man He is real. He did heal and raise Lazarus and yes, He was here for all of us and for this young man! Needless to say it was an incredible and powerful study group. Through this young man’s witness and understanding we all walked away with a different take on this scripture and a reaffirmed belief in Christ’s healing power.

Have you ever read a scripture that spoke directly to you? Have you ever just randomly opened the bible and turned to the exact message you were looking for? Have you ever experienced multiple messages and meanings from jsut one passage? I would love to hear of your experience. The living word is here for each of us to embrace and make a part of our daily live. Allow it to make a Divine Impact in your life!

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About divineimpacts

In my quest of to seek, find and act on my purpose on this earth, I have uncovered a passion to inspire and encourage others to seek out God's will in their lives. From my own experiences I have found that many out there are seeking evidence of God's existence; that evidence exists in our stories and our testimonies; our own examples of God's Divine Impact in our lives; we need only share! This ministry gives a place for both the seeker and those blessed enough to have experienced a divine impact to come together; and the miracle can continue!
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12 Responses to The Living Word

  1. I have read many scriptures that speak directly to me. I often find that if I open the Bible at any given moment, I will inevitably end up on a page with something pertinent to my life at the moment. Lovely, post. Found you on UBC.

  2. Very touching story, Jeff. Messages seem to about us everywhere if we are actively listening, looking and open to them. Sometimes it comes in a passage that we read, sometimes it comes from the everyday occurrences in life. It is interesting how the same message can mean something so different to various people and even more intriguing that as we change, that same message can change meaning.

    • Awareness; if we can get our radars up and on, searching for the truth, it will make its way to us; and bring us together! Thanks for the comment Donovan; I always respect and cherish your persepctive! 🙂

  3. Ms. Jo says:

    I really enjoyed reading your post. It never ceases to amaze me at how God gives us fresh revelation of His Word just when we need it. It is one of the many ways He demonstrates His love for us. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Ms. Jo for sharing. It is incredible when we seek His guidance and strength, especially through His word, He gives us exactly what we need. It actually brings me a sense of peace knowing that God loves me enough to do that for me; and for everyone! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This week the passage where Jesus walks on water was spoken to me. Peter gets out of the boat and begins to walk on water to Jesus. All of the others stay in the boat, but Peter gets out of the boat. I am being called to get out of the boat, taking the easy path and to create a new reading program called phonics the easy way. I have been slowly creating and afraid of failure. God wants me to create this program and help more kids learn how to read, so that they can experience the living word for themselves.

    • Joanne…GO FOR IT! If you feel God is calling you to it, you cannot fail! That fear of failure can hold us back so many times; I know it has held me back. But I am moving forward. I was called to start a ministry and typically I would find a reason not to, but this time I am listening! I say, DO IT! 🙂 Thanks for shaing!

  5. It’s really a thought provoking post. I haven’t had scripture talk to me before but love how it is possible for people to interpret differently from the same scripture passage.

    • Dominique. Thanks for the comment. I can’t say that scripture always spoke to me. It wasn’t until I began to seek relationship with God that I believe my ears opened up. Keep reading and I believe the message you need will be revealed! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Visiting from the UBC, I love your thoughtful post. I love the fresh perspective on the story of Lazarus’ raising and why Jesus wept. Powerful stuff! All blessings–

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