The other day I was thumbing through an old fitness magazine when stumbled upon an article on a new workout routine. I had read the article before but for whatever reason I hadn’t given it too much thought. Perhaps I was content with the routines I was doing and didn’t see any need to change, but this time it jumped off the page at me and I thought, “This is exactly what I need.”

When it comes to God’s word, it often works in a similar way. We can read the same passage over and over again, but just when we need it, it jumps off the page like we’ve never seen it before. Or we can read a very familiar passage, say John 3:16, and all of a sudden it speaks to our heart in ways we’ve never considered before.

This shouldn’t surprise us since Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living 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.”

In the days to come, spend some time with some familiar passages and as you read them, invite the Holy Spirit to apply them in your life in a fresh new way. If you do, I can promise you that God will meet you and speak to you in a powerful way.

                                                                    God’s Grace and Peace,

                                                                                         Mark