Words matter. Words are important, and wield great power. And somehow each of us is born with the inherent knowledge that this is so.
How is that?
I believe the answer lies in the fact that we are men and women created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Words are of extreme importance to Him, and so, naturally, they are of extreme importance to us.
God Speaks, Creation Begins
The very first act of God recorded for us is that He speaks the universe into existence (Genesis 1). He could have fashioned His masterpiece in a different way, but from the beginning of time He wanted us to know that when He speaks, Heaven and Earth are forever changed.
If God says something will happen, then it is going to happen. That is the power of God’s Word.
Jesus Christ – the Eternal Word
Christ Himself is described as the Eternal Word of God. He was God’s most powerful message to mankind – that God loved us so much, He would be willing to send His only Son to live among us, teach us about Himself, and die to cover the price of our wrongdoing.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1
“For God so loved the world, that He gave us His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
God’s Guidelines for Living – Written by His Own Hand
When God decided to provide His people with guidelines for living a meaningful, prosperous life, He used His own finger to etch them into stone. He wanted everyone to know that these were His words, and should honored as such.
“And He gave to Moses, when He had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.” – Exodus 31:18
The Holy Bible – God’s Written Word
God also became the Author of the world’s all-time bestseller – the Holy Bible. He inspired certain authors to act as His scribes, and gave us all the instructions we would need for making our way through life in His Word. The Word of God holds great power, and we are told that when His words are either read or proclaimed, that they “will not return void.” Translation: they will have a lasting impact on those who hear them.
“So shall My Word be that goes out from My Mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:11
All of Us – Born to Write
Knowing the power, the mystery, and the complex beauty of God’s words, is it any wonder that each of us are born with a deep appreciation for language and a longing to change our world through writing?
So go on and write, my friends…it is, after all, what we were born to do.