I wouldn’t ever label myself as a person with an affinity for words. Sure, I like to use words (too much, some might add) in conversation and writing, but I don’t have a deep well I draw from, nor do I obsess much about the literal meaning behind a spoken or written word. I do have friends that words are their strength and ardor. They articulate their words well and they have a knack for using the right word for the right purpose in each unique interaction. It has always fascinated me, the keen relationship some of my friends have with words. Their strength, has certainly undergirded my weakness and made me pause when I am attempting to articulate a thought, idea or emotion.
However, I am one for expression. As much as I might not be particular about how each word is utilized, words have a powerful impact in my everyday life. I am drawn to home décor with a written word. Most of the screenshots on my phone are quotes, illustrations, scriptures and thought provoking statements. At one point, my husband was scrolling through my photo stream to find a particular picture and he muttered, “What is all this?” In that moment, the irony flew in my face. Though I might not be so particular about words and their usage, they certainly have a strong value to me. The fact that my sub conscious is clearly drawn to words, tells me more about myself, than I have previously owned.
Certain words do play a paramount role in my life; the words of God found in Scripture. I have found peace indescribable, anchored hope, healing balm, timely encouragement, purpose, and hefty exhortation in His words. This last year, our Community Bible Study group has been studying Isaiah. This week, we were prompted to look up five different passages of Scripture to determine what God’s words do. This exercise proved to be advantageous to me. In Deuteronomy 8:3, we find that “man LIVES by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” In Psalm 119:24, 28, 130 we discover that they are our delight, counselor, and strength, impartation of understanding and giver of light. According to John 8:31-32, His words will set us free. 2 Timothy 3:16 declares that God’s words are profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. Finally, Hebrews 4:12 insists, His words are alive and active and they discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Lord, thank you for the reminder that all of which I lack, Your Word supplies. Though, you may not lead my generation through the wilderness of this world with a visible cloud by day and a tangible fire by night, you do lead us with Your Word by day and by night. Thank you for loving us enough, not to leave us directionless, comfortless and lonely. You are indeed, a good, good Father.