Well I guess I took an unintentional summer break. But the words are piling up and I’m ready to write again. Words are fire. They are life. They are testimony. They are our strategy and strength.
“What are you relying on? You think mere words are strategy and strength for war. Who are you now relying on so that you have rebelled against me?”2 Kings 18:19-20
King Hezekiah’s enemy hissed these words. The enemy spokesman said, “Will you be rescued?” And “then Hezekiah prayed to the LORD,” spreading out his requests before the throne. God answered in a miraculous way and they were saved (read the amazing story in 2 Kings 18-19 or Isaiah 36-37).
Literally, mere words WAS Hezekiah’s strategy. He prayed. He offered words to God. And those words turned out to be their strength, because God supported Hezekiah and also answered with power and rescue.
The enemy whispers similarly in my ear: who can you rely on now? He scoffs at the mere words I dare to pray. And yet, little does he know that words ARE my strategy and my strength. The Word of God Himself, Jesus, meets me in my words, encourages me through the Word of Scripture, and the Spirit intercedes for me with His own words when I have none (Romans 8:26). Words. They are / He is our weapon in this war.
- Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1)
- God gives us His revelation of Himself as words (John 1:14)
- Our words are life and death (Proverbs 18:21)
- We overcome by the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11)
- It is a word that saves us (James 1:21)
- God sustains the weary with a word (Isaiah 50:4)
- The word is our sustenance (Deuteronomy 8:3)
- God’s words are a light to guide our way (Psalm 119:105)
And so, I’m back. In this small space. With periodic words. My own testimony, insignificant though it may be. In hopes that you might find a bit of encouragement. And courage to find your own words.