“Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord. Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”
Jeremiah 23: 28-29
So many people I meet tell me of their experiences with God, their dreams, signs, circumstances, feelings, hearing God speak and more. I know God does work through circumstances and experiences, but I don’t hear as often about the scripture that stepped into their life and revealed the Lord to them personally. We all know intellectually how important the Word of God is, but is it constantly precious to us and just as dramatic of an experience? I find when there is distance between the Lord and me, I usually don’t find His word as precious. But when there is intimacy, it’s like a whisper of love in my ear.
The scripture says, "let him who has my word speak my word faithfully." I can’t speak it, if I don’t have it. I can’t have it, if I haven’t turned to it as my support and teacher. I won’t turn to it, unless I’m vulnerable before God to let Him speak to me. His word is like fire and a hammer, able to break rock in pieces – meaning breaking my heart too. Sometimes we run from that part, the pain of being real before the Lord and talking about the stuff that is too tender and painful to touch, so we avoid it and avoid true intimacy with the Lord. Perhaps we are scared He doesn’t really have an answer for us in His word, so when we are reading the time becomes dry and ritualistic.
But this verse gives us hope that it won’t stay like that. His word will come in and change us, sometimes hit us right out of the blue. And He is so gracious to bless us with Himself, when we keep reading. I pray this devotional will be a spark to dig into the Word of God as your lifeline and see all that God does in it. There’s no condemnation or guilt being loaded for not reading, but an exhortation to taste and see the Lord really is good and His words are the sweetest you will ever hear. Here’s just a sampling of what God’s word has been doing for me personally in the last couple months, perhaps this will be a timely word from Him to you as well.