Reflections of the Pastor


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.” [Isaiah 55:11]

     Our text indicates that God’s word has influence and energy because of the personality behind those words. As John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” God’s Word has all the power of His Person.

     The Hebrew writer places this power into practical context, “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.” [Hebrews 4:12]. 

     These verses all implicate the same conclusion; when God speaks, nothing remains the same. In the beginning of time, God spoke, “Let there be light! [Genesis 1:3]. The result of God’s speaking — the universe as we know it came into existence. Hebrews 1:3 tells us that all God created He now sustains “…by His powerful word.”

     Whenever God speaks, things happen just as He said. He doesn’t take suggestions. He speaks with the full determination that what He has said will come to fruition.

     The same was true with Jesus. When He spoke the leper was cleansed, the blind could see, and the lame would walk. There was never a time Jesus spoke when things did not happen.

      What happens when Jesus speaks to you. Have you been reading His words in the Bible without experiencing the transforming power those words hold? Jesus condemned the Pharisees because they held a knowledge of the Scriptures but didn’t experience the life-giving power those words contained. They embraced the words, while they rejected the One who spoke them. That is spiritual suicide.

—Written by Rev. Ivan L. Schwenn, 01-12-2020—