The problems in the world today, and especially among God’s people, all come down to how we reverence God’s Word. If we reverence God’s Word––both the written and authentically preached Word––we will experience God’s power. But if we do not stand in “fear and trembling” before the Word, God will not be made known to us. Consequently, we will remain “formless and empty” with darkness covering us.
In the ministry of the Word, God is revealed and manifested—the Lord himself is working and creating. In our ignorance we may think we are just hearing another sermon, somebody’s thoughts about God and life. Unfortunately, some preachers (who don’t realize the awesome responsibility of preaching) can further solidify this wrong assumption. Nevertheless, we need to grasp that there is no greater power than God’s spoken Word. There is also nothing more dangerous than to preach the letter without the Spirit—to preach a word not sent from the breath of the Father.
If the church is to recover from its apathy and emptiness (from its lack of life) it must begin to honour the Word as it would honour the physical presence of Jesus Christ himself. “These are the ones I look on with favour: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word” (Isa. 66:2). This trembling is needed for both the Scripture reader and listener. It is essential for the preacher to receive a word from heaven and for his congregation to be changed by the Word.
It is the wind that causes the leaves to tremble and it is God’s Spirit that causes us to tremble at his Word. Every believer that is missing this inward trembling has a “form of godliness” but is denying God’s true power (2 Tim. 3:5). The life they seem to have is only a smoke screen. When the wind of adversity blows the true condition of the person will be exposed. But when you reverence God’s Word nothing will move you. You will be rock-solid.
Prayer: Teach me to reverence your Word. May I not just hear it as any word, but your Word, O God. Your Word created the heavens and the earth and it has power to change my life. May I hear your Word by the power of your Holy Spirit. And Father, raise up preachers all over the land who will preach your Word with wisdom and without compromise.