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 NIV
We are probably all familiar with the story of Pinocchio, the novel written by Italian author Carlo Collodi. The main plot is about a puppet who wants to become a real boy but must prove himself worthy. A secondary storyline is the love of his creator Geppetto for his son. In the end, Pinocchio gets his wish, coming to life, and becoming human. But, of course, this is a fictional story of bringing an inanimate object to life.
The Bible, on the surface, is an inanimate object; it is a book that contains pages of print on paper with a covering. Or, in some cases, it might not even be a physical book, but bytes of data residing virtual and streamed to our electronic devices. But, regardless of its form, when we read the scriptures, they speak to us and become active and alive. They encourage, strengthen, and yes, at times reprimand and convict. But, as we read and obey these words, we too become alive and active in new ways; the earth’s standards are no longer acceptable, and we strive for the heavenly and eternal.
God, our Creator, we give thanks for your Word. In them, we find new life and direction. As we read your Word, let our hearts be open to their power to change. Let them make and mold us after your will. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.