Intern Matthew Pillman

Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord. Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:28-29
Fire has great power! The statistics of destruction are staggering. In California alone, wildfires have destroyed over 620,000 acres this year (www.cdfdata.fire.ca). Across the United States over 50,000 wildfires have destroyed 8.2 million acres of forest in 2018 (www.nifc.gov).
Words also have great power! It is simply not true that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Your words have great impact either for good or for harm. A word of encouragement can turn depression into joy, while a thoughtless argument can rip apart any relationship.
If our words have great power, how much greater the power of God’s Word! The Creator breathed the world into existence “by the breath of His mouth” (Psalm 33:6). The Sustainer sends out his Word to accomplish what He purposes (Isaiah 55:10-11). The Savior creates faith in us as we hear the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Jeremiah states that God’s Word is like a fire. The Word is powerful to impact everything that it encounters.
Have you encountered God’s Word today? Has the Creator God spoken to you? Has the Sustainer God strengthened you? Has the Savior given you faith in Him? If the answer is yes to each of these questions, then praise the Lord! Jeremiah 23 has one more reminder for you: “Let him who has my word speak my word faithfully.” God has placed a powerful tool in our mouth. May we be faithful to proclaim His Word to the lost and dying world!
In the Word,
Matthew