Truths We Love: Isaiah 55:11
Good morning girls! We're delighted to have Mia sharing her wisdom with us this morning on the amazing power of God's Word. Here's to a happy and courageous Monday! PS - Don't forget to scroll down for the study questions - that extra bit of application is so worth it. MP Team x
What do we do if our friends upload a fun photo, or share a sad post? We might ‘like’ it, or send the appropriate emoji. This lets our friends know that we have noticed what they have shared, but is it really doing as the Bible says ‘ Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn’ or does it still remain a fairly superficial exchange?
As one of my previous posts mentions, I take pleasure in the ancient art of letter-writing, (along with many other girls at my church!). When I sit down and write a letter, I put a lot more time and care into thinking about the particular person, the situation they might be in, and how I can write in a way that engages with them and encourages them. Equally, I enjoy reading back through old letters I have received because it reminds me of the care and love that the writer has also taken to communicate effectively with me.
The other day, as I was sifting through my box of letters (having recently reached over 100!), I was struck that almost every letter included at least one bible verse.
And it got me thinking of Hebrews 4:12:
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
I want to share this verse with you because it is a reminder of the power of God’s word. So, when we write to each other, or pray with each other and use God’s word, we can trust that it will be working in the hearts of others.
In Isaiah 55:11, God says:
"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."
When we use God’s words, they will always have an impact on someone, God’s word will never fail to achieve his purposes.
So here’s a challenge to us all: next time we find ourselves noticing that our friends are rejoicing or mourning, how about responding with a verse of scripture, trusting that God’s word can achieve far more than a thumbs up or smiley face!
Mia is at school in Cambridge, and goes to Christ Church Cambridge. She enjoys rowing, art and spending time with her lovely family and friends. She loves More Precious!
Think about all the different ways you have communicated with someone this week (welcome to include emoji, double tap, swipe right etc. in this list as well as the more traditional forms!). Which of these do you think has been most effective or powerful and why?
Consider Isaiah 55:1- do you believe that your voice has the power to reach out and share the gospel with the world around you?
The Bible has loads to say about the power of our words and the effect they have on other people. We can use our words to be really positive and powerful (Proverbs 20:15, Proverbs 16:24) but it’s worth appreciating that they can also be really dangerous and damaging if used in the wrong way (Proverbs 15:4, Proverbs 25:18)
Proverbs 31:8-9 says: “Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable. Speak out in order to judge with righteousness and to defend the needy and the poor.” This is what Jesus did and an example we should follow! God uses us as a mouthpiece to a broken world so listen to what he says, know the power of your words and speak out!