God can accomplish so much with just one word. One word can display his goodness with succinct power. I was lying in bed one night formulating a comeback for someone who had been short with me; my thoughts tapered off and He spoke one word to me – Grace. “Yes”, I replied, “Grace”. She doesn’t need a comeback from me; she needs space to work out all that brings her to being short with people. I need patience with her impatience. Grace. I need to grow in grace. God responds to us with grace in our impatience. It is affirmation of his goodness.
When you’re feeling unsure of God’s goodness; when bad circumstances distract you from your good God, ask for, look for, dig into the Bible for – one word. Often when I’m feeling overwhelmed I’m not receptive to hearing God speak to me. But if I make the simple effort to open a devotional and turn to the current date, God inevitably gives me a word (or two or three or four).
Ask! “Jesus, I need a word.”
Are you doubting that you can survive the circumstance you’re currently in? Perhaps His words for you today are, “I am your shield”.
Are you wondering how you can make the right decision in a matter that you’re facing? Perhaps His words for you today are, “Stay near to me”.
Are you believing you’ll never be happy again? Perhaps His words for you today are, “Wait hopefully”.
Are you mourning that your life isn’t what you’d hoped? Perhaps His words for you today are, “Your soul will be satisfied”.
Good, good, words.
His words are a life preserver when the turmoil of your situation or feelings threaten to drown you. Cling to them. You may only have a wee bit of strength to cling to those words. The good news is His words will bring you renewed vitality. You’ll be able to kick your way back to the shore.
A word of caution: remember when I was tempted to set straight the gal who was short with me? Two weeks later I learned she was severely depressed. Think about the damage I could have induced if I hadn’t received God’s word of grace. His words to you bring about comfort, direction, focus and sustenance for your spirit. They also make you an instrument of comfort, direction, focus and sustenance for others.
“My soul cleaves to dust; Revive me according to Your word”. Psalm 119:25
“This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me”. Psalm 119:50