“The promise that I make does not return to me, having accomplished nothing. No, it is realized as I desire and is fulfilled as I intend.” (Isaiah 55:11)
God’s Word is powerful. Active. It accomplishes. Wherever it is sent, it prospers. To fulfill God’s purposes, we do not need more material resources. We need to absorb more of God’s Word. As we do so, we learn about God’s plans, purposes, and promises, and open ourselves to receive what he wants us to know and enjoy.
No wonder we find these words in the Old Testament: “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3, NIV).
Jesus said, “The Spirit is the one who gives life; human nature is of no help! The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” (John 6:63).
It is in God’s Word that we find these promises that give us hope and direction:
For the one who finds me has foundlife and receivedfavor from the Lord. (Proverbs 8:35)
Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical bodyis wearing away, our inner personis being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:9)
Job said that he treasured God’s words more than his food (Job 23:12). The psalmist proclaimed that God’s words were more valuable to him than thousands of pieces of gold and silver (Psalm 199:72). Jeremiah said when God’s words came to him, he ate them, and they became his heart’s delight (Jeremiah 15:16)!
Only the Word of God can renew us. All other pursuits for strength and direction are in vain if they are being used to substitute the place the Word of God must have in our life.
Peter confirmed this, “Above all, you do well if you recognizethis: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, menalong by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:20).
Today, ask yourself:
How am I experiencing the power that comes from God through his Word?