We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

The Power of the Word

The Power of the Word

In our last Lamplighter Moment, we talked about the inherent power of the Word of God. As Isaiah wrote,

“. . . so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

I was reminded of this truth during a conversation with a man named Tom. I met him twenty years ago while playing racquetball with my father-in-law. Tom was an unbeliever and wasn’t interested in the ways of God. But for some reason, after racquetball, my father-in-law was prompted to visit him at his home. So with Bible in hand he stopped at his house and asked if he could share a few verses from the Scriptures. That was a night Tom will never forget. He politely listened and then my father-in-law graciously thanked him for listening and left.

Twenty years later, Tom told me that the only thing he remembered was that as soon as my father-in-law left, he said to his wife, “Get me a beer!” Now picture this. Tom’s son was lying on the couch in the other room listening while my father-in-law was reading the gospel from the book of Romans. Several years passed, but there was no apparent influence from that visit. That is, until I heard the rest of the story this week.

Both Tom and his wife came to know the Savior, as did their son. Today, Tom is an elder and pillar in the church and his son–who was sitting in the other room listening to the Words of God–well, he is the pastor of the church!

When you take God’s Word in–and give it out–you can expect great things to follow. The Word truly is the power of God.

Published in: on January 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm  Leave a Comment