Receiving The Word – by Jack Hebb III
It’s early Wednesday morning, and I find myself on a 3rd attempt at writing the blog for this week. I’ve always considered it an honor and not something to take lightly, but after Brad’s sermon last Sunday, I feel it even more so. Since the service, I’ve been almost overwhelmed with thought (not something I’m accused of often) because it seemed like there were so many things to talk about that were brought up with just 3 verses of scripture.
1. God’s Word is powerful, it is true, and it is life changing. Like Brad has mentioned in several services, it is also unfortunately under appreciated. I’ve been in awe just trying to wrap my head around all the aspects of it and everything that’s transpired to bring about the Bible as we know it. When I think of the “simple” things like the birth, history, and future of the world, or the stories of Godly men and women like Moses and Paul written by the hands that lived them. When those things already impress, something like “Word of God Himself” is mind blowing to put it lightly. Much of my awe turned to conviction though since I, like many I’m sure, have been guilty all too often of not showing God’s Word, and in turn God Himself, the respect It and He truly deserve.
2. Be quick to hear, and slow to speak struck me, as well. First, because I had blog writing on my mind and I found myself listening for the sake of a task and writing notes in my head, rather than being still, quiet, and simply listening because God wants me to hear. Although my intention to write a decent blog might have been good, it still became a distraction. Being “slow to speak” became a concern since I didn’t want to mislead any who might read it or misrepresent God’s glory that it’s written for. As I write it now thoughts cross my mind like whether I listened enough, or the fact that writing was never really a strong point for me. In spite of those thoughts, there is a peace that passes understanding, a pat on the back that says, “do not worry,” and a whisper that comforts saying, “be silent, and I will speak to you.” By no means will I claim this blog is being told to me by God, but that I could find the inspiration from God and lean not on my own understanding. All the meanwhile sympathizing with Moses when he said, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, either in the past or recently or since You have been speaking to Your servant because I am slow and hesitant in speech.” (Exodus 4:10).
Whether the struggle is momentary or life long, complex or simple, a serious addiction, a slip in discernment, doubt, or even trouble writing a blog to honor Him. The solution is found in His Word, and in Him. There is power in the Word and the Word made flesh, Jesus. Trust in Him, trust His Word because it is the only word you can trust in, because He is always true to His word, and only His Word can save.
When the disciples heard this, they were utterly astonished and asked, “Then who can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26-27)
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Or who has ever first given to Him, and has to be repaid? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)
Jack serves as VLC webmaster. He also works as an IT Admin running the websites of ScreenUSA.net and GrinderCrusherScreen.com. He enjoys almost all typical “geek” associated things, anything that makes him laugh, and especially loves his wife and son.