For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. (Psalm 33:9)
Of all the incredible places and beauty in this world that God has created for us, I love the mountains best. For me, they are a place of grandeur, of infinite peace and awe-inspiring largeness. It is as if the hand of God has shaped them as a lasting, ever-present reminder that He is our Rock, that He is steadfast and unshakeable, a place of refuge, of protection and of peace. In the high places, looking down on a panoramic sweep of His majestic creation, we are more easily reminded of the faithfulness and eternal presence of God.
In so many ways, they represent the eternal, unfailing Word – solid, ever-present, unchanging. As the Word, Jesus is ‘the God our Rock,’ the very foundation of our faith. It’s so important to take hold of the reality of God’s Word, because it is, in fact, the actual will of God, and the power of God to bring itself into being. God speaks His will, and the Word simply is. It cannot be changed, altered, hindered or stopped.
In a world where words are glibly spoken and promises easily broken, this is a concept that is perhaps difficult to fully grasp. I recall my father teaching us that, once a promise is given, that’s that. You keep it, no matter what – even if it costs you. Your word is essentially the measure of integrity, commitment, honesty and loyalty. It’s a measure of our trustworthiness, of our faithfulness, of our very nature. What a far cry this is from what we see around us daily. Little wonder that many believers, conditioned by the ‘norm,’ struggle to fully comprehend the immeasurable certainty, faithfulness and power of the Word of God.
When I find myself – as we all do – in times of doubt and uncertainty, I consider creation. It’s an easy assurance to find, there in the first few verses of the very first chapter of the first book of the Bible. How wise is our God, that He should, right up front, establish for us an unequivocal and breathtaking illustration of the nature, power and absolute truth of His Word. We see Him speak, and we see the result. Today’s verse is wonderfully manifest in the creation – He spoke, it was, and it still remains.
The magnitude of this is breathtaking. His will, His life, His nature, His absolute purposes, are all contained in His Word. Unlike the rocks around us, our Rock is a living Word. It gives life, sustains life, directs life and provides for life. We can stand atop it and sing and praise and dance. We can kneel on it in worship. We can root ourselves in it and grow strong and fruitful. We can hide in its strong protection. We can take shelter from sun and rain and wind, and we can learn to live in His presence and see the world and everything in it from an extraordinary perspective – the supernatural spiritual perspective of the God of the universe.
Eternal, unchanging, ever-present. These are words we have to work at, because the world we life in sings a different tune. We’re unconsciously conditioned by the ‘norm’ and by the people and relationships around us, and we lose sight of the single most important thing in our lives and faith. If we do not first ground ourselves in the sure and certain knowledge of the reality and truth of His Word, if we do not take hold of the truth that it is His will, purposed and commanded, how can we continue to have real faith?
What does it matter that we believe in God’s love? Do we truly believe it if we discount everything else in His Word? The things we hold onto are found in the Word, but unless we live in the full truth of it, it is a faith built on shaky ground. As soon as anything happens that appears to contradict a ‘truth,’ we find disbelief and confusion creeping in. We find ourselves questioning what we may have held as absolute. It’s not the view that’s important, but the Rock on which we stand. It may provide any number of advantages – God loves us, God is merciful, God is quick to forgive – but these are outworkings of Grace. Without the Rock nothing has relevance.
When God speaks, it is done. When He commands, it stands. This applies as much to the things we don’t particularly want to hear as it does to those we like to hear. We can go through life, making our own plans, our own choices and our own decisions. We can pick our obedience and select our responses. We can even ignore the bulk of what we hear. None of this alters the essential complete, perfect accomplished work of the Word of God. Our lives do not alter the Word. It is the Word that alters our lives.
Thank You for Your Word, Lord, and for the absolute certainty that it is and will be forever, that nothing can change it, shake it or defeat it. Help us to see this always, whether on the mountains or in the valleys, in plenty or in lack, in ease or in struggle. Write in on our hearts, and establish us on the Rock that is You, that we may live always in Your Word and Your will.