“So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
I’ve talked with a handful of people who have had Jesus appear to them personally. When they told their stories, the room got quiet and people’s interest level peaked. One of the first questions was always, “Did He say anything?” People, including me, can be so interested in what Jesus said to an acquaintance but less interested in everything He said in the Gospels to me. How many times have I read, “And Jesus said. . .” and passed over it like it was yesterday’s news. How casual I can be as I stroll by Deity.
Jesus’ words have a cataclysmic effect. A few words once changed Earth from a lifeless planet to a stunning wonder-world. His Word has always gone forth like an arrow to hit its target with precision and power. His Word can halt the power of Hell. His Word can turn a raging sea into a sea of glass. His Word has brought more than one dead man out of a grave. His Word is the final word on everything and when He speaks, He trumps all other authority.
On a personal level, His Word changes my personality. His Word kills my desire to sin, reveals the mind of God to me, and rewires the way I think. His Word changes my heart so that it resembles His own heart.
Every year on January 1st, I should start over. I should preoccupy myself with every quote of Jesus all over again. Jesus Christ was so sure of His Words. He never spoke anything that wasn’t intended to have a supernatural effect. Since that is true, I need to ask myself…. “Has every word He has spoken had a supernatural effect on me?” If not, I’m missing the very reason I was born. God has preserved me for yet another day so that His Word can thrive in my soul, change something, and send me out speaking that same Word to change the world.
Electrify me so that I react to the wonder of Your voice. Amen