Jeremiah 23:29 - God's Word is Powerful!
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer
that breaketh the rock in pieces? Jer 23:29 (KJV)
The unhumbled heart of man is like a rock; if not melted by the
word of God as a fire, it will be broken to pieces by it as a hammer.
[Matthew Henry Commentary]
When the word of the Lord is expressed, it destroys the evil,
purifies the good, and consumes as chaff the words of the false prophets.
God knows the heart of every man, and He does not say a man
cannot share his dream. However, God does call for a man to have enough
integrity to distinguish between divine revelation and the dreams of man.
God is repulsed by the man who mixes the chaff of his own dreams
with the pure wheat of His word. Woe to the preacher who equates his
own views and opinions to God's word! Man's dreams are not equal to
God's word, which burns "like a fire" and crushes "like a hammer".
The Word of God is not simply a collection of words from God, a
vehicle for communicating ideas; it is living, life-changing, and
dynamic as it works in us. With the incisiveness of a surgeon's knife,
God's Word reveals who we are and what we are not. It penetrates the
core of our moral and spiritual life. It discerns what is within us,
both good and evil. The demands of God's Word require decisions. We
must not only listen to the Word; we must also let it shape our
lives. [Life Application SB]
There are many hundreds of thousands of books in the Library of
Congress in Washington, D.C. Books on countless subjects, by countless
people over hundreds of years. Some of those writings have been the
seed bed for philosophies, political parties, religious movements and
more. The writers have come and gone; most are no longer remembered.
God's Word is remembered because it IS His Word, and it WORKS. The
sad thing is, many of us don't pay any more attention to God's Word
than to any other book. In the Bible are the tools to enable every
believer to lead a victorious life. But day after day, the Bible sits
unopened. We must take that Word, read it, think about it and so devour
it that it feeds us. Memorize it! That Word transforms our thoughts
and actions. Christian, take it today and feed on it and put it in
your heart, that you might not sin against Almighty God, and partake
of the victorious life! [IN HIS TIME; WALK WITH WISDOM]