The Joy and Transforming Power of God’s Word
“… But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night… his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalms 1: 2-3. KJV).
We definitely deduce from the above verse the import God’s Word has in our lives as we traverse this earthly realm. Life as a whole is full of ups and downs and upheavals in virtually every strata of society and man as it were being a limited being desires a support system to live above the challenges that easily besets him; it is at this point he seeks various means through which he can find solace or a resting place to be free from the stress of daily living and in effect gets involved in occupations that do not bring him permanent satisfaction but momentary.
He vacillates from one immoral act to the other which eventually leads him to a waterloo. At the end of the day, he is left with emptiness and woes. If only man knew the system of operating to obtain in depth satisfaction from the proper channel as it was discovered by the man who proclaimed saying, “… his delight is in the law of the LORD…”he would save himself unnecessary heartaches. In the anchor verse for this write up, we see a man who had found the secret to true delight and satisfaction embedded in the Word of God.
The Word of God in several portions of scriptures is likened to water, to milk, to meat and so on. The Word of God of which we speak is inspired by the Eternal God in whom alone satisfaction is found. The Word of God has been the source and inspiration of writers both in the days of yore and now. It has led to the transformation of many lives infusing them with the power to live above life’s challenges. Man was created with eternity in his heart as the scripture states, “… He has also set eternity in the hearts of men…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV).
The aforementioned verse makes it clear that the origin of man is eternal meaning that the soul and spirit of man is of eternal origin. Man can therefore find no satisfaction outside of his eternal make up and the Word of God being inspired by the Eternal God Himself meets this need of satisfying man.
SCRIPTURAL AND LIFE PROOFS OF THE JOY AND POWER IN GOD’S WORD
If we take note of some points written earlier, it was stated that God’s Word is likened to certain items or objects like water, milk, meat and inclusively hammer and fire. These objects are symbols representing aspects of God’s word. The apostle Paul when writing to the Ephesians, he compared the word of God to water that cleanses and transforms (5:26-27). Men like Job as written in the book named after him realized the supremacy God’s word had over every matter and even over food. He understood that true and everlasting satisfaction was found in the very words of God. “…I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.”- Job 23:12, NIV.
The word of God was more important to Job than his daily food. Jeremiah was of similar opinion with David as he also found joy in the Word of God. Jeremiah literally panted after God’s word as we see in Jeremiah 15:16 in the NIV, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and heart’s delight…” The KJV states it this way, “Thy words were found”… From the King James Version, we see a man who was hungry for the word of God. The word of God brought him satisfaction that knew know bounds.
David was another man who spoke so many times of the word of God; he was one who lived by the word and understood the depths and purity of the word. He knew from experience that in order to avoid sinning he needed the word, hence his proclamation in Psalms 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.” Again David said, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”- Psalm 119:105, NIV. From the latter verse we see God’s word giving direction.
In the former verse, we see the power God’s word has in withholding a man from sinning. “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth was the cry of David Psalm 119:103, NIV. This cry was similar to Jeremiah’s making it clear they realized the depth of joy the word of God brings. In the place of ‘reviving’ the King James Version uses the term ‘converting’ the soul (Psalm 19:7). The word of God is embedded with power to CONVERT the soul. To convert is to transform or change from one form to another.
The Word of God possesses capacity to positively transform the soul. We see the healing power of the word of God as seen in Psalm 107:20. The word of God was sent and it healed their diseases. Ezekiel another man of the word of God was told to “eat this scroll,” which held God’s word to Israel. And when Ezekiel did eat, the word became sweet as honey to him (Ezekiel 3:1-3). There are also those passages in scripture in which Jesus shows how He was the fulfillment of everything God has promised in the past.
When Jesus gave these Bible studies, His words lit a spark in His listeners’ hearts, and by the time he was finished, their hearts were burning with love for the Lord (Luke 24:13-47). Paul wrote, “All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16) NIV with emphasis on “Training in righteousness”. The word of God which is God’s breathing out is useful in training one in the path of righteousness.
It was by His word He spoke creation into existence (Genesis 1:1-3; Hebrews 11:3). The ultimate power in the universe is the word of God. Not even the world’s greatest and most powerful missiles and atomic bombs compares with the Word of God. The word of God is the force behind the entire cosmos and all of creation is upheld by this word of God (Hebrews 1:3). God’s word is the foundation, the support system for all of creation, material and immaterial as it were. Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword … The word of God is so powerful that it is compared here to a two edged sword that cuts through. For example, in the story we find in the book of Acts 2 after Peter had preached to 3,000 people, the Bible made it clear in verse 37 that after he had dispensed the word of God to the 3,000, “they were cut to the heart”… Such is the effect the word can have upon a heart that is yet to believe in the Lord. The word of God cuts to the heart with the penetrating effect of a sharp sword.
There are many ministers in the church who strongly believe in the instrumentality of the declaring of God’s word to shape our lives. “You create your world with God’s word. The more we speak God’s word to situations, the more those situations bow to the word. We cannot exhaust the many examples of the efficacy of God’s word.
ACCESSING THE JOY AND TRANSFORMING POWER IN GOD’S WORD
In beginning of this article, I stated how man seeks satisfaction outside of God’s word and how it leaves man empty. However, we will conclude with the discourse Jesus had with the Samaritan woman in John 4:4-42. The well of Jacob can be likened to that which gives temporary satisfaction and the water Jesus gives as the word of God that eternally satisfies. From the discourse, we see the disposition the woman eventually displayed which will be tools to access the joy and power in God’s word. And they are “Believe and Receive”.
The woman believed in the Lord’s word concerning the water he gives, hence her response in 4:15. This relates Romans 10:9, “…and shall believe in thine heart…thou shalt be saved.” When you believe in the Lord Jesus you automatically access the joy and power in His word. This applies not only to unbelievers but believers because we still need to keep believing even as doubts sets in sometimes.
The Samaritan woman received the testimony of the Lord of Him being the Messiah and together with her kindred into their home. “As many as received Him… He gave power… John 1:12.
You can access the joy in God’s word by receiving Jesus daily who is the word of God and joy of the world (John 1:1).