September 1, Saturday

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“The Power of God’s Word” 

Jeremiah 33:2, 4, 10, 12, 17, 20, 25

“This is what the Lord says…”

Some of us are old enough to remember the brokerage firm E.F. Hutton, who was responsible for one of the most indelible advertising campaigns in the 80s. The TV ads closed with the bold statement: “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tG-g-TfBww)

I don’t know whatever happened to E.F. Hutton’s career or brokerage firm, but it’s no longer the household name it used to be. Even though I was in grade school at that time, I was familiar with the name, although I had no clue what the commercial was actually selling. Today, even if E.F. Hutton is still talking, people are no longer listening.

In chapter 33, Jeremiah repeats the phrase, “This is what the Lord says…” at least seven times. The prophet conveys the thought, “When the LORD speaks, people listen.” Not only does Jeremiah want to report accurately, but he is letting the Israelites know just WHO is speaking. When the Lord speaks, He is not merely releasing information. Through His words, not only does He reveal His plans and thoughts, but God also releases His power. A Bible scholar, Mounce, reminds us that “in Hebrew thought a word is not a lifeless sound but an active agent that achieves the intention of the one who speaks.”

Isaiah reminds us this: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).

And the Hebrews writer says: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).

To better appreciate this immense power of God’s word, one must consider the very first time that the Bible introduces its readers to the word of God; it is at the very beginning in Genesis where God speaks. He speaks into a formless and empty earth, bringing about all that is magnificent, marvelous, and, still today, awe-inspiring. And that powerful Word still speaks to us. At times, His word soothes our pains and our troubles; at times, His word guides us in our confusion and doubts; and at times, His word hammers our hardened hearts (Jer. 23:29), thereby breaking our pride into pieces. Yes, the Lord knows just what to say to us.

E.F. Hutton may be long gone, but the Word of the Lord endures forever!

Bible Reading for Today: Job 12-13

Prayer: Lord, may Your word dwell in my heart. Allow the power of Your word to transform my life into the image of Jesus Christ. In His Name, Amen!

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