“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:4-5 NLT The Word already existed. Everything was created through Him, the Word. The Word gives LIFE. This Life brings Light that illuminates our circumstances, so we can better see what is really going on. When we hold the Bible in our hands, we sometimes miss the power of The Word. It is His living, active Word. Jesus is the Word and God moves through His Word to pierce the darkness of someone’s current circumstances, right here and now. It happens all the time!
This week, I saw firsthand how God’s Word goes places that our words are not capable of going. I was listening to a sermon on the power of God’s Word as I headed downtown, with a team from ACF, to see our friends at Lakeside Apartments. We were serving a Thanksgiving luncheon and I was looking forward to visiting with friends at Lakeside. As I drove and listened to this sermon, I heard the pastor say that Isaiah 41:10 had been rattling around in his mind over the last few weeks.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NLT
This teaching pastor had met with a pastor from Africa and prayed that verse over the African pastor, thinking if he was headed to Africa, he would want to be reminded not to be afraid or discouraged, but to be reminded the Lord strengthens and helps us, holding us by His victorious right hand. The power of God’s Word had spoken deeply to the African pastor and encouraged him way beyond anything the teaching pastor might have said to him.
After listening to this sermon, I arrived at Lakeside and ran into my friend Darlene, a sweet elderly lady. We became friends when I used to teach the first Sunday of each month at Lakeside Apartments. She always told me my sermon was her favorite, even though she listens to 4 preachers on TV or radio every Sunday. It’s amazing that by merely providing breakfast and some smiling faces, you can get sweet, elderly ladies to lie to you! Anyway, I always look forward to seeing Darlene when I visit Lakeside.
This time, I noticed Darlene was down. I sat down to visit with her and she shared how she has been in and out of the hospital. She has an upcoming procedure, too. I confess to not being a rocket scientist, but I am fast becoming a master of the obvious. So, I determined the Word I heard in the car, was the Lord’s Word for Darlene. I asked if we could pray together. As I prayed, I asked the Lord to reveal Himself to Darlene, as the He is described in Isaiah 41:10. Darlene immediately responded in agreement. I knew, though my thoughts were not original, that the Word I heard on my way was the Word that needed to be shared. As we spoke after we prayed, it was obvious that Darlene had been spoken to by the Lord. I just had a front row seat.
I wanted to share what I was reminded of this week. We need to get into the Word and ask God to reveal Himself to us, as we read His Word. Then, we need to share it. When we sense that the Lord is nudging us to share something we have read, we should give His Word away, confident that it will accomplish much more than any encouraging words we might say.