Power of the Word
Aug 07, 2014
Don’t you just love it when a project turns out right? There is a sense of accomplishment, a certain satisfaction in knowing you have seen the task through to its completion. Sometimes there’s a celebration. Other times, there’s quiet satisfaction that things went well.
While not all of our projects turn out “right,” because we have seen enough through to the end, we have confidence to pursue the next in life’s long line of projects.
God has a project—an eternal one: the redemption of mankind. His project is ongoing, seeing one soul at a time repent and be redeemed.
What is it that leads to life change? It’s not clever arguments used to challenge and confront a fallen world; rather, it’s the straightforward truth of the Word of God. It is the power of God’s Word and its ability to assure, convict, and lead toward redemption and restoration. We must not overlook the impact God’s Word can have as we read it, as we meditate on it, and as we discuss and encourage one another with it.
Recently, my wife and I had a reunion of sorts with some couples we have known for many years. As eight of us sat around a dining table in suburban Seattle and recounted what the Lord had done over the years, I couldn’t get Isaiah 55:11 out of my mind: “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (NIV).
In the early 1970s we had all been part of a rather unique opportunity—to live and study the Word together at the Jesus Christ Light and Power House, just off the UCLA campus. In the intervening years, God called and used each of us within our churches and communities and, in the case of some, in other countries and cultures.
What was truly amazing is that each one of us saw the grounding in His Word as pivotal to all that God had done—and will continue to do—in our lives. He provided spouses who know and love Him and seek to serve Him in all that they do. He provided careers that enabled us to be salt and light in the marketplace. He provided opportunities for life-changing ministry here and around the world. He continues to challenge us to seek and to serve Him in all that we do.
His Word has gone out faithfully; it’s been read, studied, and meditated upon—and it has been used powerfully to grow us and to affect the lives of many others.
What an encouragement this verse has been! I’ll never be sure of everything God desires of me or what His specific purposes are, but I do know that His Word is the key to unlocking His desires and His purposes—and in that assurance I can rejoice.
Perhaps the apostle John expressed my pleasure and satisfaction best when he wrote: “It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 3-4, NIV).
May God grant you the opportunity to see His Word, His Truth, worked out in you life—and in the lives of countless others.
For more information about how you can “stay the course,” refer to The Wheel illustration at The Navigators’ website.
The Word Spoke—The Word of God is His direct voice showing us not only who He is, but how to live and interact with everyone around us (2 Timothy 3:16). This means an earnest personal intake of God’s Word is essential for health and growth (Joshua 1:8). As God speaks to us through the Scriptures, we can see His principles for life and ministry, learn how to obey Him, and become acquainted with the Christ who is worthy of our steadfast allegiance.