A “Word” to Live By

Isaiah 55:10, 11 As the rain and snow come down from Heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

This scripture is a promise about God’s promises. God’s word is filled with promise. God promises us provision, power, strength, peace, hope…I could fill this page listing the promises of God.

Promises aren’t any good if they are not kept…God tells us that he always keeps his promises. His word will not return to him empty but will accomplish what he desires and the purpose for which he sent it.

God’s word: Up to this point I have been referencing the written word. But the “word” consists of two parts. There is the bible, the inspired word of God. And then we come to John chapter 1 verse 1…In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Verse 14: The word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory. This is the life-giving word. The word that gave up his life so that you and I can have abundant life. We have life in Christ.

The word became flesh; the key to understanding how far God is willing to go to fulfill his promises is found in Isaiah and in the Gospels.  The picture that Isaiah paints in chapter 52 breaks me in my very core. Isaiah 52:12 Just as there were many who were appalled at him-his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness. Our savior was flogged, beaten, mocked, crucified. How far was our God willing to go to reconcile us to himself?

Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane: “My Father if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will,  but as you will.” Hematohidrosis also known as Hematidrosis, hemidrosis is a condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress. (From the Indian Journal of Dermatology. 2009.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2810702/)Jesus prays in the garden  Matthew 26:39-40

Luke 22:44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Jesus knew what it would cost him.  Jesus anguished over it. But he also chose you, he chose me because of his perfect love for us. God sent his word so that we could be reconciled to him.. The word that brings life, the word that brings healing, the word that brings truth.

And the truth is that God will go to the farthest reaches to fulfill his promises to us. There is no thing that we cannot trust God for. The God of the universe extends an invitation in Hebrews chapter 4 and verse 16 for us to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. We need only to hope in the word, the word that by his sacrifice, gave us access to that throne and all of the promises that lie therein.


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