There are times when reading God’s word when ideas, and topics stun you. Its like you are hit and in bewilderment you begin to ponder what it was that hit you.
I was arrested by a simple phrase, “And God said.” Tons of questions began to race in my mind. Did God physically speak? If he did physically speak would he need a body? Who was he speaking to? Why did he speak and what does that even mean?
I want to preface what Im about to write by stating that much of what Im writing is just conjecture, and speculation. Yet there is a blessing when we begin to speculate and meditate on that very idea. God’s word.
It is clear that God used, speaking to bring all things into existence. Genesis 1 over and over states, and God said.
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Then God said, “Let there be a [c]firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [g]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
The fact that God speaks means God is relational. It means he has things to express. He has a creative impulse that needs to be executed. The Bible could have said God thought, but there is a difference between thinking and speaking. One thinks to himself, one speaks to the other. I think the emphasis is that God imposed his will, his desires in his words. He pushed it into existence. He pushed it from himself and into another reality, into time and space. He gave birth. He created.
You see God doesn’t just speak words, he speaks reality. So let us compare how man creates. So lets take a builder. He may draw a blue print, for his vision, and then assemble the laborers, who will then acquire the materials to begin constructing and assembling the building, piece by piece. They will use their hands, their minds, their energy and effort to shape the materials into the desired product. Carefully making all the pieces flow together to construct a whole.
When God created, He just spoke the raw materials into existence, and then decreed how they would fit together and so it was.
There is a reason that God divided creation into six days. He did it because he is a God of process. So even though he speaks, he has stages in which he brings things into order.
That means God can speak to us and call us a kingdom of priests when we are not yet perfected. He tells us that we will reign with him, even though we are struggling with the internal battles in our minds. He calls us victorious, even though we at times are defeated by our own sin. He has his process. His word will not return unto him empty handed. His word can not be stopped. It is a decree that must be brought unto fulfillment.
The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes states that God has put eternity in our hearts.
Now this has to be the biggest riddle. How can God put eternity into time? The only way is to insert his Word inside of our hearts. We cannot understand and won’t understand the work of God until we are outside of this present time. Time is just wrapping paper, and one day it will all come off. However time is important because it involves the processes that God has ordained. So how does time effect God’s word? It is simply the rate at which we process his Word.
So what has God said about you? What has God called you to be, that you are struggling to process. Maybe he has called you to be a father and you struggle like Sarah due to barrenness. Maybe God has called you to be healed like the man who waited 38 years for the stirring of the waters. Maybe God has called you to preach, but you have been in the wilderness for 40 years. Maybe he has called you to come out of Egypt, out of physical servitude. He has called us into his kingdom. God has put many things in our hearts, yet everything is for an appointed time. How will we know when its time? The spirit will work things and confirm it for us. The main requirement is to be faithful as we wait. They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength. May God strengthen you as we wait for his Word will not return to him void.