By Dr. Jim Garrow
The Scriptures say that they are as powerful as a two-edged sword, and when their words are spoken aloud, they will not return void, nor without profit. That is a pretty solid indication of the power behind the words of God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has stated plainly that He holds His Word (The Scriptures) in esteem higher than His own name.
That is lofty praise indeed.
So what do we do with this dynamic power which we have in our hands? First of all, do we know it? Do we actually know the words that God holds in such high esteem? Have we committed them to memory so that we can use them at a moments notice? Do we use them in our everyday speech because they have such a profound effect on our daily lives? Do we seek them out like a prize or a very valuable item? Do we share them with others because they just pour out of our mouths they are so ready to hand? Do we wake up remembering them and go to sleep quoting them in our minds?
Do we ruminate on them, like a cow chews its cud? Now, this may sound gross, but that’s what a cow does: it chews its food, swallows it, brings it up again and chews some more, draining every piece of goodness that it can from each morsel.
For the cow, I’m sure that having 19 or so stomachs helps in this process, but you get the point…
It is not unknown to many how powerful a small utterance can be to another, and it is a great form of “ministry” that we can offer to others in providing a good word or an act of kindness or an expression of encouragement or hope. I experience the benefits of good counsel, encouragement and sharing from many of you, and I trust that I am doing likewise.
We are not all preachers, teachers, apostles or missionaries, but we are all able and positioned to say something kind to someone else. I had a friend say something nice to me this morning; it washed over me like a refreshing spring rain. I was lifted up and encouraged. I pray that you will experience that God-inspired grace from another today.