The Gift of Words by Robin Dotson
While contemplating what my one word of inspiration for 2017 might be and this special season of giving, I began to think about God's gift of words to us. I haven't decided yet what my word will be but, I went back to the beginning when God spoke the world into existence, it made me think about how powerful words became from that day forward.
Genesis 1:1-3 says:
“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light and it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
The book of Genesis is filled with phrases like, “God said”, “God spoke” or “God promised”.
This made me realize that from the very beginning of time, words were important to God.
The Bible is referred to as God's Word. If words weren't important I don't think we would have His holy Word, inspired by Him, nor would He have given us the ability to reach inside His WORD to find all of the guidance we need in our everyday lives.
II Timothy 3:16-17 says:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
December is a great time to remember the words that were spoken that gave us the ultimate gift of salvation. It begins with the birth of Jesus and as Christians the reason we celebrate Christmas, which was foretold to us by God in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament.
Jeremiah 23:5 - 6 says:
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgement and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OF OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
God's Word gave us the beautiful picture of Jesus' birth in the first two chapters of Matthew. What God promised through His words in the Old Testament was revealed through the angel He sent to speak to Joseph.
Matthew 1:21 - And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Jesus gave us the gift of words in John 14:6 with His promise of salvation.
John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.
In celebrating the birth of Jesus this Christmas, I want to thank God for His many gifts to us through His Word. The gift of truth, forgiveness, grace,mercy and eternal life are all found in the pages of His Word. They are best gifts that were ever freely given and are such powerful words. It is God's command that we share these gifts of words He so intentionally and sacrificially gave to us.
We live in a world full of words, some good and some not so good. It is the basis of all communication whether spoken or written. I believe God gave us the gift of words to be used in a positive way, to make our lives and the lives around us better.
So, in thinking about a word for 2017, I want my word to be a word that represents God's challenge to me in my life every day of the year. I am still praying for God to show me what that word should be.
Psalm 19:14 - Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Do you have a 2017 word yet? It is a great way to stay focused each year.