DID YOU KNOW (7)?
…That God always works through His word.
According to Hebrew thought, God’s Word is a manifestation of Himself in another form. God and His Word are inseparable. He reveals Himself to us through what He has said and what He did and does. However, we cannot know or understands His works unless He reveals their meaning to us through His Word. There is ample evidence in Scripture that God’s Word is the vehicle of revelation and that He accomplishes His will through His Word. When He speaks, it is done.
When Jeremiah was still a child, God called him to be a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah was appalled at the prospect and remonstrated with Him until God explained to him that He selected him for the job while he was still in his mother’s womb. Jeremiah could not fail because God had spoken and He would ensure that His Word would come to pass.
“Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’” …Then the Lord reached out His hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I have appointed you over the nations and kingdoms…I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” (Jer. 1:1-12).
God called the universe into being through His word and reconstituted it as He wanted it after the chaos the devil caused on the earth by his presence.
David recognised the purpose and value of God’s Word. Although he did not have the complete Bible as we have it today, he had enough to know that God had spoken; through the recorded history of his people, he already had an understanding of the ways of God. He longed to know more and prayed a simple, yet profound prayer that God would teach him His way.
Teach me you way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name (Psa. 86:11).
The anonymous psalmist of Psalm 119 expressed his love for and confidence in God’s word to be the all-round guide, instructor and protector of his life as long as he adhered to and obeyed what it said. Like a lamp that shone on the path and a light that lit up the way ahead, God’s Word was all he needed to keep him heading in the right direction to find his way home.
The Apostle John took up the theme and shone the full light of revelation on Jesus whom he recognised as God’s Word, clothed in flesh, filled with the glory of God’s truth, who came to live among us that we might fully understand God’s message to the world.
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
Jesus was not only God’s Word expressed in human form; He was also the speaking Word of God. Everything He did was the expression of God’s Word and will.
For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that His command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say (John 12:49-50).
God’s Word has the power to accomplish many things:
- God’s Word always accomplishes what He sent it to do – Isaiah 55:10-11.
- God’s Word heals – Psalm 107:20.
- God’s Word exposes the thoughts and intentions of the heart – Hebrews 4:12.
- God’s Word produces fruit when it falls into good soil – Mark 4:20.
- God’s Word lights our path – Psalm 119:105
- God’s Word is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness – 2 Tim. 3:16.
- God’s Word is a powerful weapon against the devil’s lies – Ephesians 6:17.
- God’s Word protects us from sin – Psalm 119:11.
- God’s Word keeps us pure – Psalm 119:9.
- God’s Word produces faith – Romans 10:17…
…and many more.
When we fill our minds and hearts with God’s Word, we have all the equipment we need for living godly lives, pleasing the Father and enjoying all the benefits of eternal life.
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