Tuesday, June 9, 2015

On the Efficacy of God's Word

God has given us His Word.  I don’t think we think about this enough, about what it really means. Because I think if we thought about it more, our pursuit of Scripture would be ignited by faith in its power.

How can we not be amazed by this great gift from our Creator? For He has given us His Words. The Creator—whose speech put time in motion, whose speech caused pure energy to burst into the void, whose speech pierced together the very essence of matter—this speech He now directs towards us, to show us who He is and who we are.

Heb 11:3 “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

He has given us His Words

How capricious and cold a god who would create a world and walk away.  Or who would stand above, but remain distant and silent so that the created wander in ignorance of Him and of themselves.  He did not have to stoop down and clue us in.  He did not have to enlighten our ignorance.  He had no obligation to interact.  But no.  Our God is kind.  He gave us stories. He gave us poems and songs.  He gave us rules and guidelines.  He came and lived and walked and spoke and had someone write it down.  He told us who we are. He told us His heart.

Psalm 119:18-19, 73 “Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me !...Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments”

He gave us His Word.

How can we belittle this? How can we not be overwhelmed with faith in the power of this book?  Why do we doubt its influence? God made us word people.  People of communication. People who cannot stop telling stories to eachother.  People who craft our identities with the languages we speak.  Because we are made in His image, we are word people.

So how can we not believe that these Words of His will be perfect in meeting us, in reading our souls and minds and hearts and capturing them, stirring them, correcting our warped nature in a profound way.  His words which formed mountains and valleys, rivers and oceans, which crafted the spirals of the galaxy and the antenna of an ant—those words He turns now to us, to craft our souls into His image.  For His Word is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword.

Psalm 33:6-9, 13-15 “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made and by the breath of His mouth their host.  He gathers the waters of the seas as a heap, He puts the deep in storehouses.  Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the World stand in awe of Him! For he spoke and it came to be; he commanded and it stood firm….The Lord looks down from heaven he sees all the children of man from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, He who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.”

Our understanding of and faith in the transforming power of the Word of God should fuel our study of it.  We must understand the richness of this gift and use that to spur us on.

Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rocks to pieces?”

Isaiah 55:10-11 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

For He has given us His Words.

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