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Meditations by John Dean

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Decrees

(Job 22:28 KJV)  Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

I love this scripture and use it often because there is nothing stronger and more powerful and more creative than one’s words. Out of all the things that God has given to us, (besides salvation)…the ability to create through the spoken word is the crowning blessing.

Even though I have read the story of creation many times I still get excited every time I read that God said, “Let there be,” and something was created. The thought that God actually gave to us that same creative ability is astonishing. Just think about it…out of all of God’s creation it was man that He gave the ability to speak life into things just as He does.

Even though our text seems to be very simple there is still a wide range of interpretations by theologians.  I have studied our text backwards and forwards and I agree with the theologians that says it means exactly what it says.

I have come to the conclusion that just because one is a theologian that does not make him infallible. He can still be swayed by his core beliefs while seeking the truth.

In my freshman year in collage I had an English teacher who was an atheist. For some strange reason she was drawn to me even though she knew I was a Christian. She inserted her philosophy in her teaching every chance she got but was never able to crack my Christian armor. Even though I never witnessed or preached to her my quiet presence seemed to weaken her position.

The point that I want to make by telling this story is there are two ways to fulfill our text. The first way to fulfill our text is by “decreeing a thing” by the spoken words in order for it to be established. The second way to fulfill our text is by “decreeing a thing” by the presence of God in one’s life and that too has an establishing factor.

Even though my teacher was the only one in the room speaking…the loudest voice in the room was the voice of God coming from my life.

I cannot say what really happened to this atheist teacher but I believe she ended up walking with the Lord because I believe “a thing was established” in her life.

Father,
My desire is to live and speak in such a way that others will come to have a relationship with You. You said in Your Word, “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee.” I dedicated my life to the obedience to Your Word.
Amen










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