How do you respond to life? Are you excited about life? Do you celebrate every day like the most precious gift or do you frown at every opportunity as though it were a problem?
To some, the news of a new born baby is exciting (because of the joy it brings) and to others worrying (because of the responsibilities ahead).
How do you respond to gifts or to an act of kindness? How do you receive love? Do you feel like people owe you? Do compliments bring you encouragement or feelings of pride?
Think about your response..
How do you respond to God’s Word?
In Genesis 15 God gave his Word to Abram, made a promise to him and even confirmed it with signs. How wonderful! We know the end of the story, but note his response before the fulfillment of the promise.
And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6). And he was called the friend of God, James adds (2:23).
Hezekiah, king of Judah, received word about his health through Isaiah the prophet, was afraid, but got restored and his life was extended and he was wealthy. Later on he received yet another message from God by the prophet which in the sense was bad news of losing everything, but this time he was not shaken. His response in the Message Bible is amazing..
Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “If God says it, it must be good.” But he was thinking to himself, “It won’t happen during my lifetime—I’ll enjoy peace and security as long as I live.” (2Kings 20:19).
King David on the other side expresses his delight, excitement, hunger and thirst for the Word in various ways through out the Psalms. He says, in Psalms 119:162 that, “I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.” With a nature like ourselves, he had both good and bad days. On one such occasion he says, “When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of You,” Psalm 42:6 (The Message).
Time would fail us to talk about Noah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Esther, Solomon, Jeremiah, Daniel and several other old testament folks who received God’s Word by faith, with meekness and obedience. The blessing upon their lives still speaks to this day.
There are more examples in the new testament. Mary, the mother of Jesus received of the Word spoken to her. Simon Peter and friends laid down their nets in obedience for a great catch. Many experienced miracles of healing, salvation, provisions, etc as a result of their response to the Word in faith. One guy’s response to His Word in the New Testament got Jesus to marvel.
The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. (Matthew 8:8).
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! (Matthew 8:10).
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:13).
On the other side, the writer in Hebrews gives an account of a people who did not benefit from the Word spoken to them owing to their response. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. (Hebrews 4:2).
Faith is the language of the Spirit and it’s what pleases God.
How do you respond to God’s Word?
Jesus said, “the words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” God’s Word is life. It’s the very Word that formed us- the life that makes us who we are. He has magnified His Word above all His name (Psalm 138:2) because He knows He cannot fail. His Word will not return to Him void. He will accomplish whatever He has purposed.
Where do you turn when things go bad? Do hard times cause you to doubt God and His Word? Has God’s Word lost His power because you lost a job? What do you meditate on? What’s the confession of your mouth? How do you respond when you receive God’s Word? Does God’s Word offend you too much to even say “Amen”?
Stuff happens. Circumstances change. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word remains and will never lose it’s power to perform. I encourage you… Receive God’s Word with meekness and gladness, shout for joy, declare it out loud, speak it over your situation. Do it. Your life will never be the same again.
The way you respond to the Word is the way the Word responds to you.