“Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” Mark 11:22-23
When God speaks everything changes! There may be darkness and chaos, but when God speaks, light and order come in response to His word transforming the world. (See Genesis 1) But what happens when we speak? I don’t believe there is intrinsic power in our words, but I do believe that our words can be filled with power if we speak out loud what God has spoken to our hearts.
Speaking expresses faith. Romans 10:10 says we believe with our hearts and then speak with our mouths resulting in salvation. What we believe about God and the world will affect what we speak and what we speak will then affect the world around us. Proverbs 18:21 says, “life and death are in the power of the tongue.”
So what is God speaking to this world? May our hearts be filled with the truth of John 3:17: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” We are not called to be positive in a negative world; we are called to be redemptive in a fallen world. We don’t ever have to live in a bubble that denies the brokenness and darkness all around us; we only have to believe that God has a redemptive plan for everything and everyone who is broken and dark.
Moses allowed himself to become frustrated and hit the rock when God told him to speak to it. The rock, which represented Christ (1Corinthians 10:4), had already been struck (a picture of Jesus dying on the cross), so God wanted Moses to have enough faith to just speak. If he had spoken to the rock it would have flowed with water for all the people, for God was the One telling him to speak.
Today He’s telling us to speak His redemption over our own lives, the lives of our loved ones, and over this nation. What are you speaking?