Weekly Devotional – The Words of God

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWords are my passion. I love the big ones, the little ones, the ambiguous ones and the vivid ones that translate abstract ideas into language we share with other humans. When Eliza Doolittle sings about being fed up with words in My Fair Lady, I cringe. I don’t think I could ever become disillusioned with words.

But my passion soars to higher spheres when dealing with certain words: words that flow from the mouth of God. So, it won’t surprise you to know how meaningful I find His choice of imagery to introduce us to our Savior: “In the beginning was the Word,”John tells us. “And the Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1 HCSB). God chooses to reveal Himself to us through words.

 That’s why, in the last hours of my dad’s life, it was natural for our family to turn to The Word. I had my laptop with me; as always, it was loaded with WORDsearch’s powerful library. Using the search engine, I located words to keep our minds set on God.  We read Paul’s description of the God of All Comfort; we read of the perfect peace God offers to those whose minds are stayed on Him. In David’s poem we remembered how God tenderly cares for us, as a shepherd cares for a lamb. We found renewed hope that goodness and mercy would follow us into His household forever. Oh, so many Scriptures came alive in fresh ways as we leaned hard on them to find God’s nearness.
One of the last passages I remember reading to Daddy was from Job. Job, who felt abandoned by God. We could understand that feeling. Job who felt the full weight of illness, disappointment and pain. We were there with him. We’d have expected him to take his wife’s lead and lash out at God. Instead, after reciting his desperate situation, Job took his stand on the one sure thing: “I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold” (Job 19:25-27 NKJV).
Daddy was especially weak that day. But when I read that passage he whispered with authority—“Read it again!”
So I read Job’s words again.
“I’ll see Him with my eyes?”
“Yes Daddy. Soon, very soon.”
With all the energy he could muster, he lifted his arm from the bed as if reaching for God. “Good, good,” he said. Just hours later, his faith became sight.
That, my friends, is why the living, active, power-packed Word of God means more to me today than ever. It’s why I’ll never tire of studying hard to know the Word through Whom everything was created. It’s why I challenge women every time I speak at conferences or seminars to do more than hear about God – I challenge them instead to dig into His Word to see with their own eyes the God Who reveals Himself through words.
This guest post is by author, writing coach, and conference speaker Julie-Allyson Ieron. Several of Julie’s books and studies are available as WORDsearch add-ons. She assembled 75 Bible reference resources in a WORDsearch Bible Reference Collection that’s perfect for women studying the Word. She speaks to seminar groups, showing women how to dig into the Word for themselves. Julie’s upcoming devotional When Comfort Is What You Need, will release with Warner Press in Fall 2013. Visit her online at: www.joymediaservices.com.

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