Typically, I think most of us would say that actions speak louder than words. This is especially true, one would think, if those actions also happen to be miracles.
But Jesus talks about words that have far more power than actions. Far more power than miracles even!
Jesus is speaking about the words (and the promises) of God. When it comes to changing hearts and inspiring faith in Jesus Christ, there’s literally nothing more powerful.
Not even someone rising from the dead will have the impact on a human heart that God’s word has!
“He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ “ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ” (Luke 16:27-31, NIV).
Do you want to access this power that God’s words and promises have for you? It’s not difficult! Just pick up your Bible and read a little bit with us every day.
Our Bible reading for Wednesday, April 15, is Deuteronomy 23:1 – 25:19, Luke 16:19 – 17:10 and Psalm 45:10-17.
Lord Jesus, help me to listen to and understand your words and promises. May your word change my mind and transform my heart. Give me a growing faith in you, Jesus, as my Lord and Savior.