Word of the Month

God's Word

April 1999

The Word of God contains great power; whosoever listens to it and takes it to heart is revived and fortified so that, step by step, one may proceed in faith. This was already experienced by prophet Ezekiel for he declared: "And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me." (Ezekiel 2:2). A lot is concealed in the Word of God: comfort and peace, blessing and grace, joy and light. He who receives it, lets it move within him and strives to act accordingly may witness, like prophet Jeremiah: "Thy words were found, and I did eat them...." (Jeremiah 15:16), and agree with the Psalmist: "Through thy precepts I get understanding..." and: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:104-105).

The Lord speaks to us as a comforter! How lovely, when in sorrow and pain, we hear a comforting, uplifting word from someone and feel their compassion. How much more peace, however, enters the soul when the Lord comforts us through his Word. It conveys real consolation combined with confidence and trust. No one comforts better than the Lord through His Spirit, whom He had promised as a comforter, before He returned to the Father.

The Lord speaks to us as the Prince of Peace! How discouraged and despondent were the disciples, when the Lord died on the cross. Some of them would have preferred to run away. Yet, on Easter Morning the Risen one appeared in their midst and said: "Peace be unto you!" This made their mood change immediately. By this greeting of peace, the disciples perceived help from on high and new strength. We too, are sent this greeting of peace by the Son of God through His messengers, again and again - may we always be revived thereby.

The Lord speaks to us as the beatifier! In the divine service He dispenses His blessings, leads us into blissfulness. This is much more than just earthly happiness. In the sermon on the mount the Lord Jesus made evident the attitudes that create blissfulness. Let us make them our own!

The Lord speaks to us as the giver of grace! How marvellous when we are told in the divine service: "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all" (Romans 16:24), or when our sins are forgiven in the name of Jesus.

The Lord speaks to us as the source of power! His Word fortifies our faith, fires our will of faithfulness and following, endows us on the way to our goal and lifts us up whenever we get tired so that we are set on our feet again.

The Lord speaks to us as the bringer of joy! Without joy in the Lord we would lack patience and confidence to continue on our way of faith.

The Lord speaks to us as the bearer of light! His Word banishes darkness, sheds light upon sickness and pain, illuminates and warms up despondent hearts.

In such manifold ways does God's Word refresh and have its effect. Let us therefore receive it in thankfulness, always knowing: the Word of God contains great power!

Most sincerely,<br/>

Richard Fehr