History of Redemption: Blog Post 2
“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.” – Genesis 1:3-4
How blessed are we to worship a God who speaks? God simply speaks, and light and day and earth and seas and plants and creatures all come into being. This is astounding. This is the most powerful, holy and sovereign voice that has ever spoken. Did He speak with a mighty thunder, or did He whisper? What language did He speak this in? I think when I get to heaven, if permitted, I should like to ask God to repeat some of His “Greatest Hits”: “For I so loved the world, that I gave My only son”, “Behold, I am coming soon”, and of course, “Let there be light”. These verses which have been so dear to me, spoken by God Himself. Most of us would jump at an opportunity to sit in a room and listen to the president speak. What would you give to hear the voice of the King of Kings?
How blessed are we to worship a God who still speaks to us today? He has given us His clear, inerrant, sufficient word, written down in the Bible. When Christ first claimed me, I merely enjoyed God’s Word. Today, I thirst for it, I delight in it, it is sweeter than any honey, and I cannot live without it. I sometimes marvel that the very words I read every morning, were spoken by God Himself, that same voice that spoke time and space into existence is speaking to me here and now. When I meditate on this, it truly causes me to tremble beneath His Word (Isaiah 66:2).
One of the greatest joys I have ever known was that which came out of giving someone a Bible, God’s mighty and sovereign word for them. It was like handing someone the key to life. It was like handing them the voice of God. I could not give a greater physical gift.
God’s Word is not simply the voice of history, it is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). As I read His Word I am truly pierced to the division of soul and of spirit. As I read the Bible, I am convicted, I am moved, I am directed, I am sanctified, I am given hope, and my heart cries out to God. His word changes me. This same word which called light into being, shines light into my heart and my mind, and illuminates the cause for which I was created, to bring glory to Him.
The same God who spoke light into creation, spoke light into this world again, in His great act of redemption for a people who He loved. God sent His light to a people living in darkness, when He gave to us the “light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” – 2 Corinthians 4:6.
Abba, let me never neglect Your Word. Let me never again wander in darkness, and let me always be thankful for the light you have shone upon us who believe, through the gospel of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 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 55:10-11 ….. THE WORD OF GOD!