When was the last time you told the wind to stop blowing, and it did?
Or maybe there was a time where you really needed a home-grown vegetable right in that moment, and the vegetable plant sprouted one right when you commanded it to?
I don’t know about you, but for me…that’s never happened.
The very beginning of the Bible opens up to tell about the story of creation. The first main concept to grasp from the creation story is this: at one point, everything we see now did not exist.
That in itself can be hard to imagine. We’ve all grown up with nature all around us, all of the trees and grass and shrubbery. But, everything has a beginning.
…and God spoke the world into existence.
God’s spoken word is filled with power. Let’s take a look at a few other examples of the power behind God’s word:
- Peace in uncertain situations. In Luke 8: 22-25, the disciples are in a boat with Jesus when a storm develops around them, and the disciples become frightened and yell for Jesus (who was taking a nap). Verse 24 says this: “When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.” Jesus can calm the storms in your life. That doesn’t necessarily mean that as soon as you call His name, everything will settle and your problems will be gone; but it does mean that you can have peace even in the midst of life’s turmoil.
- Revitalization of things that have died. In John 11:17-44, we read the story of the death of Lazarus. At this point in the story, Lazarus has already been dead for four days, and Jesus arrives on the scene at a time that everyone else thinks is too late. And yet, He demands to go to the tomb of Lazarus and have the stone rolled away. Verse 43-44: “Then Jesus shouted, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ And the dead man came out.” No matter what situation in your life you think is dead, God is able to resurrect it.
God can do many things simply by speaking them into existence. The true question is not in His ability; the question is in how much faith you have in what He has said.
How can you better prepare yourself to respond to God’s word?
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