Good morning. It is Friday, July 17, 2015. Made it to another Friday.
Today’s word of the day, from Merriam-Webster, is superannuated. This is an adjective, meaning, “outmoded, old-fashioned,” “incapacitated or disqualified for active duty by advanced age,” or, “older than the typical member of a specified group.” There are some days I really feel superannuated.
Today is Peach Ice Cream Day. That sounds absolutely delicious!
Christi will be bowling right after work today, to make up for the week that she was in El Paso with the others for the Open Tournament. There’s a good chance that I will wind up working late, this afternoon, as well, since we have to finish everything before we leave on Fridays. We are seriously considering finding a league to join for the fall. It would be really cool if we could find a TGIF league on Friday nights, since that is where we began this 30 (so far) year adventure.
Baseball starts back up tonight, as well. Another reason I’m not a fan of the All-Star break. They make us wait three whole days for more baseball!! Unfortunately, the Red Sox are on the west coast, playing the Angels. Unfortunate because that game won’t start until 9:05 CDT. Even worse for the fans in Boston or elsewhere on the east coast, as it will be 10:05 for them. The Rangers will be playing the Astros in Houston.
Tomorrow, we take Stephanie to a place for some evaluation for a potential program that could be of great benefit to her future.
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
(From Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God)
How does God speak to us? First, let’s examine the power behind God’s words. In human life, “words not only convey information, they get things done.” But the words that God speaks (or has spoken) are infinitely more powerful. It can be argued that God’s words and actions are identical. Consider the creation in Genesis 1. God spoke, “Let there be light,” and there was light. We are not told that he spoke first, telling what he was about to do, and then did it. No, his words brought light into being. God renamed Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah. “That word makes the aged man and his wife biologically and spiritually capable of being the progenitors of a whole race.” Whatever we see God’s voice doing, God is doing. Perhaps Isaiah 55:10-11 puts it best: “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.”
Now, just try going into a dark room and saying, “Let there be light.” What happened? Nothing, right? In order to make it happen, you had to reach over and flip a switch (or clap, if you remember those things). “Our words need deeds to back them up and can fail to achieve their purposes. God’s words, however, cannot fail their purposes because, for God, speaking and acting are the same thing.” (Emphasis mine.)
So to speak of God’s Word, we can understand that we mean “God’s active presence in the world.” If we say that the word of God has gone out to accomplish something, it is the same as if we said God, himself, has gone out to do it.
How does this relate to prayer? There is a theory on prayer, one of the more mystical ones, that says that words get in the way of deep communion with God. But this is simply not true. “If God’s words are his personal, active presence, then to put your trust in God’s words is to put your trust in God.” Sure, there will be times when we do nothing but silently bask in the stillness of God’s presence. But most of the time, God’s words will be “met with a response of trust from us.”
How do we receive God’s words? Generally from Scripture. God put his words in the mouths of the prophets, who wrote them down. “The Bible, then, is God’s Word written, and it remains God’s Word when we read it today. . . . God acts through his words, the Word is ‘alive and active’ (Heb 4:12), and therefore the way to have God dynamically active in our lives is through the Bible.”
There is a great movement away from the Bible, these days. Unbelievers, more and more, hold no respect for it whatsoever. This makes it increasingly difficult, nigh impossible, to use Scripture as we share God’s Kingdom with people. Nevertheless, for us, God’s children, the Bible continues to be God’s Word, and is are greatest source of power. When we respond to the words of God in prayerful trust, we receive power from him, almost unimaginable power.
Father, I long for this power from your Word. I have read the Bible many times. Nevertheless, I feel, most of the time, like a pure novice in understanding it. Teach me, Lord, through your Spirit and your Word, and lead me in my response to you. I know that there is power available in my life, but yet I continue to fail to avail myself of it. Lead me, Lord, deeper into your Word in the days ahead, that I might trust you and respond to you in prayer.
I pray for this day, this Friday, that your grace and mercy would go before, beside, and behind us as we travel to work and back home. May Christi’s day be full of your grace, especially in potentially stressful moments. May Stephanie know your grace today, and may you draw her closer to you. I pray also for Justin and Rachel, that you would draw their hearts to yours. May you lead them into their future, Father, by your grace. Continue allowing your grace to rain down on my mother, in these days. Give us this day our daily bread. May your will be done in our lives, on earth as in heaven.
Your grace is sufficient.
There is just as much power in God’s Word today as there was at the time of creation, and at the moment of Christ’s resurrection. This power is ours, as well, if we would only stop allowing our flesh to have so much influence over us. There is power in God’s Word.
Grace and peace, friends.