Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Puzzle It Out!
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.
I am, most definitely, a book lover! This long period of isolation has afforded me more time than ever for reading; in fact, my list of completed books for 2020 is almost as long as my entire list was in 2019. And this is only June!
But as much as I enjoy reading, I can't do it 24/7. I need a distraction of a different sort. So, early in the quarantine, I order the Jumble Anniversary pictured above. Tackling the word puzzles has been both fun and frustrating.
Some words, I'll unscramble right off the bat. Others, not so quickly. Sometimes, I'll get the answer to the puzzle even when I can't successfully decode the words in which the answer letters are couched.
I try not to peek at the key in the back of the book when a word eludes me. Instead, I go back to it the next day, and possibly, even the next, until something clicks in my brain, and voila! Problem solved! And it makes me wonder why figuring out that particular word was a struggle in the first place.
The same type of circumstances can arise when we are reading our Bibles. Perhaps, we don't see in the verses the message God is trying to give us. We scratch our heads in bewilderment, or we simply can't relate meaningfully to what is being said.
Miraculously, though, the next time we encounter that same passage, it speaks volumes to us. How did we miss the now obvious lesson before, we wonder?
God's word is alive and active, ever ready to speak to our hearts and minds. But whether or not we allow it to do so depends on us. We may be in a place of uncertainty and doubt. We might have recently experienced a life-changing crisis. Or maybe, we are momentarily distracted and unfocused, something we should never be in the presence of God's message.
My advice to you? Check the state of your heart and thoughts before you sit down to read your Bible. Pray that the Lord would open your eyes to His truth and wisdom. Wait expectantly for God's Word to penetrate your soul and spirit.
Because assuredly, He will help you puzzle it out!
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