God speaking is God acting
God speaking is God acting.
Such a simple phrase but so true and powerful. When God speaks, he never wastes words or proclaims empty, vain babblings. He always speaks with purpose. God’s words are powerful, effective, and active. When you think about the Bible and the countless times when God spoke in (both the Old and New Testament) He was (and is) always faithful to His word. God doesn’t say one thing and then do another. God doesn’t make a promise and then break it minutes later. He speaks and performs what He speaks. The Bible is filled with examples of God speaking and fulfilling His word. The following passages are just brief evidences of how God acts when He speaks.
“And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.”
Creation is one of the many places we see God speak and and immediately his word is fulfilled. What an example of how powerful God’s word is! In a moment, God created all things by His word. His words are effective and full of power. Nothing like man’s word. We speak, but many times don’t have the means or power to fulfill our own word.
INTERACTIONS WITH ABRAHAM
“Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
Was this not true of Abraham’s life on earth? How was it that many kings and kingdoms feared Abraham? God simply spoke that He (God, Himself) would bless Abraham and that Abraham would be a blessing. In Genesis 20:17-18 God’s Word tells us that because God blessed Abraham, Abimelech’s wife was healed. Again in Genesis 21:22, Abimelech recognized the blessing upon Abraham’s life from God. Why was that? He recognized God’s hand upon Abraham. It was God’s mercy and goodness that He chose to bless Abraham and used him to bless others. Even more so, the ultimate fulfillment of God’s blessing to Abraham was that all the families of the earth will be blessed by his descendants, which was fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah.
THE DEAD LIVE
“So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.’Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ [Speaking of Lazarus]
“When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’ The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’”
John 11:21-23, 43-44
Jesus speaking was Jesus acting. It wasn’t that Jesus didn’t know what to say to Martha or that He needed time to think of some sweet words to comfort her. He knew full and well that He intended to do what He said. Jesus told her “Your brother will rise again” and not simply because he was trying to find some nice thing to say but because He was going to do it. So the story says Jesus cried out with a loud voice “Lazarus, come out” and He did. Simply put, Jesus spoke and Jesus performed it. Once again, what power and might are on display when God speaks.
when he promises, he does it!
So let these passages encourage you that whenever God speaks He is doing. He is moving! The Bible is filled with an abundance of promises that the Lord has spoken over His people and that He fully intends to fulfill His word in our lives. Remember, none of God’s words are empty, wasted, or purposeless! They are powerful, moving, and active! Let this exhort us that whatever God has promised, it will be done. He will fulfill His words for they have purpose and power!