For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.
When Israel was a people who submitted to the Word of God, this was no minor promise. It wasn't about revering the marks on a scroll or the letters of their alphabet arranged into discernible language and syntax. It was about the God of the Word and reverencing the Word of their God.
And today that truth still holds as strong and as vital as it did then. I am supposed to worship the God of the Word. And His Words are not just empty sayings or inspirational emotional wishes. They are life. They are meant to sustain, teach, train, instruct, help, and create life in me.
God has always made promises about the effectiveness of His Word. God accomplishes His purposes with His Word. They are not empty words and they do not return to Him empty (Isaiah 55:10-11). God's Word is always worth the effort to follow and obey. There is reward in keeping them, knowing them, and living to the demands of scripture.
- Posted with my iPad. The Apple Kool-Aide tastes fine.