A few days ago, I traveled in some pretty terrific weather. It rained from the moment I pulled out of the garage at 7:25am until the time I pulled in at 4:45pm. I traveled just under two hours away from home, I maneuvered through three accidents, and trying to keep from hydroplaning. My hair got wet and swelled up the size of a hot air balloon. I prayed and asked the Lord to get me safely there and back, and he did! Not only did he bring me back, but at the time I entered the house, our daughter sent a text message announcing that she’d just landed safely from Barcelona. As I gave God glory, I found myself shouting, “You stand by your Word!” Immediately, the spirit wo(man)inside of me said, “You Are Your Word!” It surprised me! But oh, how true it is! God doesn’t just stand by his Word, he IS his Word! What’s so wonderful, is that he can’t be anything more and nothing less!
We’ve each met someone who promised us something, only later find that we met their counterfeit. We place our trust and affirmation in the person only to find ourselves in what feels like a house of mirrors. Perhaps dare I suggest that we too may have introduced others to the reflection we desire and not our authentic self. However, God has an expected end for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11), and while on our journey, navigating the storms of life, we can get to where we desire by speaking the Word of the Lord. If God can be nothing more or nothing less than his Word, imagine the power we would operate in as we essentially operate in God speak. This theoretical to practice framework enables us to become a true representative of Christ, rather than a representative of who we long to become.
When we need to emulate love, we can speak 1 John 4:16: “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” When we are seeking peace, we can speak Ephesians 2:14: “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” When we need to think like God, we must speak Philippians 2:5: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” There is a scripture for every situation conceivable in our minds. Why? Because God knew what we would confront. Further, he knew that people are fractured and cannot always give us what what we need. His Word is tangible, his Word is life giving, He is His Word! When we are in doubt, we can recall Ephesians 5:1 which serves as a comprehensive consideration: “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.” If we follow the Word, the Word will take root in our lives and enable us to live, move and have our being in Him. You see, at some point, there was a recognition of his ability to keep me safe, so much so, that my spirit wom(man) recalled such when it belted, “You ARE your WORD!” We need more deposits of such in our lives so that when we face tribulation, the God dwelling in us brings to our remembrance the essence of who God continues to be in our lives. His Word is stable, consistent, abundant, reassuring, uncomplicated and enduring. The next time you stand in need of _______________ try looking to the one who not only stands on the Word, but is the Word! See what happens next.