READING: Genesis 1-3, Matthew 1
God speaks, and things just happen. He said, “Let there be light,” and light occurred (Gen. 1:3). That pattern continues throughout the creation story; in fact, Genesis 1 records six times when God speaks something into existence “and it was so” (Gen. 1:7, 9, 11, 15, 24, 30). Unlike the false gods of the world who have mouths but cannot speak, our God communicates with us. He came to us in His Son, and He speaks to us through His written Word. In fact, all the Scriptures point to His Son, Jesus.
The repetition of “and it was so” clearly emphasizes the fact that whatever God commands will indeed happen. He is not a liar, nor does He ignore His own words. Thus, I say it again: He speaks, and things just happen. His Word is powerful, life-changing, and authoritative.
As we walk together in 2019 to be faithful disciples of Jesus, reading the Word together is not simply a spiritual exercise the church expects us to do. Rather, it’s part of a conversation between the eternal God and His children. We open His Word because we want to hear from Him. We set aside the time to read because we know we need His daily guidance. We prayerfully listen to His Word because we long to follow Him well.
So, take some time today to express your commitment to God. Speak of your desire to dig into His Word. Ask Him to help you grow as a disciple this year.
And, may He let it be so.
Prayer: “God, I commit myself to read Your Word every day—not because I have to, but because I want to. Thank You that Your Word is powerful.”
Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 4-5, Matthew 2