what’s in a word?

“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”  (Genesis 1:3)

Moses spoke to the Israelites saying, ” ‘ Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law.  They are not just idle words for you – they are your life.’ ” (Deuteronomy 32:46-47)

“My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.”  (Proverbs 4:20-22)

“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”  (Matthew 4:4)

Jesus said, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” (John 6:63)

I’m seeing a pattern here, a pattern of words as nourishment, nourishment for our souls.  God’s words are life to us; they are life giving, life changing, life sustaining, power-packed words, every one of them.

The writer of Hebrews summed it up best when he said, “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.”  (Hebrews 4:12)

There is power in this living word to convict me, to change me, to sustain me, to fill me full of wisdom and joy, to empower me to live the life that God has called me to live. This living word is eternal.  “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  (John 1:1)

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”  (Isaiah 40:8)

Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” (Luke 21:33)

I want these living words living in my heart.  I will proclaim along with King David what he wrote in Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”

sincerely,    Grace Day






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