Thursday, July 2, 2009

Just Say the Word

“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light.” (Genesis 1.3) God created the entire universe using words. In fact, God is the only one who can accomplish a task with a mere word. The rest of us depend upon the actions of others. The centurion said to the Lord, “But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this’ and he does it.” (Matthew 8.8-9) When the centurion gave his word someone did the work. But when God says the word, it just happens. “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)

This same God, who created the universe with a word and who healed the servant with mere words and who took on flesh becoming human with us, is calling out to us today with words, the words of the Gospel, and offering us His hand. If we believe in Him He will care for all our needs. Jesus says, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat? Or ‘What shall we drink?’ or What shall we wear? But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6.31-33) God has promised to take complete care of us. “Are we not of more worth than the birds of the air?” (see Matthew 6.26) He is waiting for us to just say the word – “I believe” – and He will take care of the rest.

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