Thy Word

“I gave them your word.” (John 17:13-19 MSG)
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psalms 119:89)
“Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,” (Psalms 40:7)
“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.” (Hebrews 10:7)

Should a man take it upon himself to stand in the U.S. Capitol and proclaim with a loud voice, “There is no such thing as the Declaration of Independence!” every American, barring a few insane ones, would shake their heads. Republican, Independent, and Democrat know the Declaration of Independence exists. You can read the original, in our archives, complete with all the Signers signatures.

We can say the same of the U.S. Constitution. Its words, which begin with, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility…,” are as legally binding today as they were when they were originally written. Although it is hundreds of years old, although some debate certain of its contents, it is an actual document with power to uphold the laws of the United States.

In this same vein, in our hands, we hold the word of God Almighty. In this one book, the Bible, we have all of His promises to men. Written over thousands of years, over many generations, we find His Truth spoken in the voices of prophets, kings, and apostles. Real men who lived and breathed and died to proclaim what God said He would do.

To tell us who He is.

When writing fiction, some authors make character charts. They design the people who will participate in the story. The husband is forty, six-foot tall, and brunette. He is an auto mechanic with his own business he started a decade ago. These charts are not final. Characters tend to do what they want. An author learns to adapt their original design to what fits into the plot.

From Genesis to Malachi, we have a portrait painted by Jehovah God. He told who He is, in fine detail. He wrote the plot. And He promised it would come to pass in the way that He designed, and that the Man who would become the Savior would be exactly what He’d said He would be. In the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we see the fulfillment of His Word. We see the Son of God, prophesied from the beginning of man.

And not one promise, not one truth about who Christ is, failed to come to pass. Not a single word. From the beginning of time when God said, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel,” He has not failed to do what He’s written. (Ge 3:15)

Just as we can stand on the reality of the documents penned by our American founders, just as we can see them with our eyes and know that they exist and still hold authority here, everything that God promised, all of the descriptions He gave of Himself as Redeemer, as Messiah, came into being in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was the Word of the Father made into flesh. The Father said He would rescue and deliver, He said how He would complete it, and what would happen as a result, then at the appropriate time, He placed His Seed in the womb of a virgin, and His Son was born.

He kept His Word.
Why, then, do we doubt all else He’s said He would do? We have more faith in documents written by men than we do in one written by God. We look at the chaos of history, at the uncertainty of tomorrow, and remain sure of the founding of these United States. We may not understand what is going on today, but we aren’t confused that the Americans won and the British lost.

But when the Father, the God who created the heavens and the earth with His Words, promised to heal all those oppressed by the devil, when He gave us the best, finest example of His compassion in the life of His Son, the Savior of the world, we are consumed with doubt.

We believe in salvation, new life in the spirit of a man or woman who accepts Jesus as Savior and Lord, who professes His death and Resurrection, but turn around and say He may not heal our son or daughter; He may not pay our debts. As if He has changed. As if He would fail. Where has He failed in the past? What lie Has He spoken? What thing did He say that He did not fully bring to pass? Where does His Word fall short?

Jesus came to do the works of the Father. He said every Word He spoke was the Father’s. Every healing, every deliverance, to the point of laying down His life, was the Father keeping His Word.

Speaking of government, we have faith we can alter the future. We stand in the midst of disorder saying we will elect new leaders. We will craft new documents. We will rise up as Americans and stand for the flag and change our culture. But speaking of physical and mental torment, of personal business failure, or the healing of our bodies and pocketbooks, God Himself, who created all that is, may have not meant what He said. Or it’s simply too hard to obtain.

Stand in the stream of culture and shout for truth, believe in our ability to bring change, then go to church and sit down and accept what the devil hands you. These are contrary to one another to an extreme. The most reliable being, the God who created Truth itself, has given His Word, and He sent His Son, the Seed of Himself, to prove it. What took thousands of years and generations of people to proclaim, became a Man who walked and talked and lived and died and rose again because God said He would.

God obligated Himself to it eons ago and made it impossible for any other one to perform.

He came to redeem mankind because no one else could. He made His Son King of Kings because He said He would. Jesus is Prince of Peace because that description was spoken by God’s prophet. He’s Everlasting Father, with enduring mercy, because it is written in His Word. He cannot lie. There’s no untruth in Him. No darkness. No shadows. He cannot change and will not alter one Word He’s spoken.

Faith has become a procedure, a method. Steps one through five, to be followed in a particular manner. Or faith is a Scripture verse, often quoted, whose meaning we usually fail to grasp. But no, faith is our response to the God of Everything, who did exactly what He’d promised. Faith is that we know Him and have not one doubt about who He is; it is relying on our Father, on His precious Holy Spirit, and the blood that Christ shed for you and me because we know for certain His love for us.

We have faith in Him because He has spoken it. It’s as simple as that. Although in reality, we may see our lack and feel our pain and heartache, although it may be consuming at times, in our hands, we hold the Word of the God of heaven to heal and rescue and provide for us, in our hands, we handle the book of life, a detailed document of who He is, every Word of which has come to pass.

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

Suzanne D. Williams, Author