Words, Words, Words
I have to confess I am a word junky! I love everything about words, whether it’s reading a marvelous book or writing. I enjoy learning unfamiliar words along with their meanings, especially to see how they work with each other. I even receive an email with a word each day. Looking forward to seeing if it will be one I know, or if it’s different and interesting word, I could use in my writing. While my kids were doing their schoolwork from home, I would get so excited to sit in on their English classes, I have to admit they thought I was a little strange, but that didn’t stop my enjoyment. I wanted to share with them how important words are, how language is necessary for people to share their ideas and their dreams. For example, where would we be as a country without the Declaration of independence, and for me, what my life would have been without three important pieces of legislation that discuss the rights of the disabled, the Rehabilitation Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act? I assure you it would be vastly different. Similarly, what would God’s people be without the Bible?
God’s word, written so we can know His plans, dreams and desires for our lives. Right from the beginning in Genesis we hear our Lord call out with His words “Let there be light” and He called the waters, land and everything we know into existence. His words have power. The power to create, power to make miracles, and the power to change lives. You may wonder if the words of the Bible are true. Can they be trusted? There are many scholars with degrees in history and Hermeutics, (the term for studying and interpreting the Bible, one of my latest interesting words) that have evidence to back up the accuracy of Scripture, and they could debate those facts with you, way better than I could. But I have seen the life-changing qualities the Bible has made in my life, and that is proof enough for me. It can change your life too.
Are you lost and worried about what this world is throwing at you? Now is the time to get God’s words in your mind and trust Him to provide comfort and support in times of trouble. You can use those words to give you power. 2 Timothy 3:16 reminds us that, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” 2 Peter 1:21 assures us of this because it says, “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” Just like I am the author of this blog, God is the author of the Bible. Because God has spoken it, we can be confident in it. You can depend on His word to be a guiding force in your life. Listen to these powerful words and let them saturate your thinking.
1 Corinthians 2:5 declares, “That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God”
Psalm 115:11 “You who fear…trust in the LORD- he is their help and shield.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Significant words right! Not the wisdom of men, but GOD’S POWER. Not Fear, but TRUST. Hard pressed, but not CRUSHED. Perplexed, but not in DESPAIR. Persecuted, but not ABANDONED. Struck down, but not DESTROYED. I have had friends say I have your back; I have even said that to friends myself, but those were only empty platitudes. Oh, we all meant them, but only God has the actual power to back up His words. When we read our Bible, we can see all the promises it holds for us, but we need to remember that we live in a fallen world. God’s protection is not a magic force, and He works in ways we don’t always understand. But, as a believer in Jesus, we have the promise of a life covered under God’s protection, where nothing can separate us from His love. With God as our biggest supporter and protector, we can face any hardship. Please let these Bible verses help you focus on the positive; and use God’s words to build your faith.