Each Friday my writing stems from a word prompt. Five minutes, one word prompt. The prompt this week is … Speak.
I read the word prompt, continued on with my devotions and reading, knowing I would return to write. The irony, however, is not lost on me this morning.
Our family member is in the hospital in desperate need of healing. His body has been dependent upon a feeding tube for some time now and due to other complications, today the tube will need to be moved further down into his system for his nutritional needs to be met.
My morning time takes me to read:
“Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus asked. “Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. But the words you speak come from the heart – that’s what defiles you.” (Matthew 15:16-18, NLT)
The reminder quickly comes to my heart, “The tongue can bring death or life …” (from Proverbs 18:21) and our desire is for life. Turning the pages to read the words which had come to mind, my eyes wander up one verse to read:
“Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.”
(Proverbs 18:20, NLT)
I immediately know what He is telling me, gently whispering into my own heart –
His Word can satisfy like a good meal.
His Word alone can get into the deepest part of our hearts, our minds, our bodies, into our bone marrow. His Word will nourish and sustain us in the darkest of days. His Word can bring healing.
May we be like the centurion who came to Jesus to ask for healing for his servant and said:
“Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8, NKJV)