Blessed Savior, bless the closing of this day. Grant us pardon for our sins and lead us to restoring rest. I thank you for the comfort and assurance of your love and grace that you grant to all who believe in you. Though I may have struggled with powers much larger than myself, remind me again that my struggles are minor compared to others. Please comfort those who mourn and grieve and grant your strength to those who need to feel your presence in a power and special way. Be with this nation, for we are a people who are in distress. May we, your people, fall on our knees in repentance for our sinfulness that we may find your healing, comfort and peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Daily Archives: January 18, 2021
1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Genesis 1:3 (ESV)
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
I have read the first chapter of Genesis countless times over my lifetime. I find the creation account one of the most fascinating and amazing narratives in Scriptures for it speaks so powerfully of the nature of our God.
Even though I have read this narrative more times than I can remember, I have somewhat always glossed over these three little words, “And God said…” For some reason they stuck out at me today for if you read the entire creation account in one reading (which really isn’t that difficult), these three words keep popping up…in fact, you will read them ten times in Genesis 1 alone. Think about that. If they are repeated that many times – there must be something important about them.
So, I began to ponder these words, and honestly these words cannot be separated from everything else that is spoken following them…for it is ONLY because of these three words that anything happens at all!
What is the so what? Think about this – the Ancients understood that nothing happens by chance – there is always something behind everything. That is no different when it comes to the Judeo/Christian faith. The Biblical authors knew that something significant was behind all of creation and it wasn’t something ordinary – it was indeed something supernatural, reaching beyond human comprehension. This “something” was without question, God.
But let’s take this one step further. When reading this, what is remarkable is just how chaos became contained and creation came to be. God simply spoke. If you are like me, THAT is something that leaves me speechless. Let me put this in perspective. When human beings talk about power, we talk about all kinds of things. For example, I lived in Florida for three years and I just so happened to have lived through a weather event that I never thought I would see: a hurricane. It wasn’t just any hurricane either, Hurricane Michael was actually a Cat 5 Hurricane, which is the strongest classification for hurricanes. I will tell you, I have never seen such devastation in my life. Hardwood trees that I couldn’t have put my arms half way around, snapped in half. Communities completely demolished. Lives completely upended. It has been two and a half years since…and the amount of damage that remains grieves my heart every time I see it.
But think about this. As powerful as Hurricane Michael was, just the very word of God could have stopped the hurricane in its tracks. My point? There is no other force in heaven and on earth greater than the Word of God. It is the Word of God that creates, it is the Word of God that brings life, it is the Word of God that saves, it is the Word of God that makes the demons of hell themselves shudder. There is no other force, no other power, no other “word” that has the power to do these things.
I don’t know about you, but it gives me an immense amount of comfort to know that this is the very power that made me, sustains me, and watches over me. This is the same power that speaks the very breath of life into me. It is this same power that shelters me beneath his wings. This Word is so powerful that not even the powers of hell can prevail against it. What, then, should I fear? I think that is exactly the point that Jesus makes – we need fear nothing because this Word is the only Word that cannot be defeated.
And what is even more comforting is knowing that whenever one reads these three little words…more often than not, it is in the context of bringing life – for there is no other Word that can do that – only the Word of God, the Word made flesh.
Whenever you read the words, “And God said…” – those should be the most exciting and comforting words we could ever read for when we read them, we know that God is about to do something radically amazing and that nothing can stop it. If this Word is for you, indeed, who can honestly be against you?