Today's Devotion (Sunday)

Efficacy Of The Word


Key Verse:

"For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law" (Nehemiah 8:9).

Sorrow has its place in human affairs even though people detest it. In the midst of joy and pleasure, humans by nature are prone to forgetfulness and wanton actions that drive a wedge between them and God. However, when cast down, we are compelled to reflect. God'sword has a way of breaking us down. Among the Jews in our text, the word they heard from the priests and Levites produced an effect on them: they wept and mourned because of their departure from the truth. There is however joy after sorrow like sunlight after snow. Thus, the priests and the Levites commanded them to hold their peace and to make merry as their souls were revived. The wind of revival that spread through the land made the priests, the Levites, the chief fathers and all the people to desire more of the word of God. They read the book of the Law and obeyed all that God wrote through Moses. God's word is still like hammer today. Sometimes, when we wander away from the truth, God's word brings us back. However, that restoration can only be possible when we are broken. Brokenness that produces genuine repentance and restitution and holy resolution to go back no more to those evil thoughts, deeds and associations. Thereafter, the joy of the Lord will fill the heart "for blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted". The word of God has not lost its power. It liveth and abideth forever. However, we must maintain a broken heart to receive the dew of the Word when we hear and read it. Keep your heart unfettered with the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches and you will profit by the Word.

Thought for the day: God's word is quick and sharp.

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