The Living Word


God threads Himself through each and every one of us. Seek—and find—Him in so many unique ways.

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. —Jeremiah29:13 (KJV)

"One, two, three ...” I continued my search through my bookshelves. “You’re kidding!” I said out loud. “Eight Bibles? Do I really own eight versions of God’s Word?”

I hadn’t realized the depth of my passion for God’s holy Word until that moment. Often I pore over several Bibles when I want to discover deeper meanings in my readings. It’s like a treasure hunt. I have the New Living Translation and Today’s English Version for clarity. I adore the King James Version for the sheer poetry of the verse. I like the Geneva edition so I can see what infuriated King James, inspiring him to refute that translation.

I scanned the other books in my collection. Scores of classics, dog-eared childhood stories, novels, nonfiction, and poetry. For all of these favorites, I never once considered reading, much less owning, any other versions.

And yet with the Bible, the more translations I read, the closer I feel to understanding God’s meanings and desires for me. It truly is a living Word! It takes on many shapes and sizes...God isn’t confined in the least! He keeps growing. He threads Himself through each and every one. I love seeking—and finding—Him in so many unique ways.

Dear Lord, You are not curbed and typecast. You speak in myriad ways. Teach me Your meanings, and may I keep seeking until I find Your will for me. —Erika Bentsen
Digging Deeper: Ps 119:50, 105; 2 Tm 3:16–17; Heb 4:12

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