The Power Of The Word Of God
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Throughout the Scriptures, the almighty God teaches us about the power of His word. Consider just a few examples.
1) God’s word created the universe. In Genesis 1, the Bible records the account of how this world was created. Notice carefully, as you read about His creation, that God’s word was so powerful that He created everything that you see around you (i.e. light, the sun, moon, and stars, the plants and trees, the animals, etc.). The only part of God’s creation not attributed directly to His words is mankind, as He made Adam from the dust of the ground and Eve from Adam’s rib (Genesis 2:7, 21-22). Psalm 33:6, therefore, says, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.”
2) God’s word controlled a great fish. The prophet Jonah refused to obey the word of God which had commanded him to go to Nineveh and preach to the people there (see Jonah 1). Instead, Jonah fled to Tarshish. As a result, God caused a great fish to swallow Jonah (Jonah 1:17). He was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. Then, after Jonah prayed to God from the fish’s belly, “the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land” (Jonah 2:10). Now, I do not know what kind of fish this was (perhaps it was a whale). But, this was too great a creature for Jonah to control. Yet, God’s word was powerful enough to control it! Then, God’s word caused the people of Nineveh to repent (Jonah 3-4).
3) God’s word stilled a storm. During a time that Jesus and His disciples were in a boat, a great storm arose (see Matthew 8:23-27). The storm was so fierce that the “boat was covered with the waves.” Yet, Jesus was sleeping through this storm. His disciples came to Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” Then, after rebuking them for being of “little faith,” Jesus (who was God living on earth) “arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.” This event caused men to marvel, asking, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
4) God’s word is a greater influence than one who rises from the dead. When a rich man died and found himself in torments in Hades, he thought about his five brothers who were alive on this earth (see Luke 16:19-31). He wanted Abraham to send Lazarus to them and warn them. However, Abraham responded, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them” (verse 29). But, the rich man insisted that his brothers would repent if one would go to them from the dead. However, Abraham insisted, “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rises from the dead” (verse 31).
5) God’s word caused the dead to raise. Jesus’ dear friend (by the name of Lazarus) had died. After four days, Jesus came to Lazarus’ tomb and commanded the stone to be taken away (see John 11:38-44). He “cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth’” (verse 43)! Then, the one who had died came out bound with grave clothes. He was instructed to then be loosed and let go.
God’s word is powerful! And, these examples also demonstrate that God’s word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11). It will accomplish its intended purposes. Today, God’s word (as recorded in the pages of the Bible) is “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). If you will believe and obey what God has instructed of you, God’s word is powerful enough to make your life pleasing to Him and save you from the consequences of your sins!