The most powerful words ever spoken are those by the Lord Almighty. In fact, God’s words are so powerful, that when God decided to make a world, God spoke it into existence.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
God didn’t need a paintbrush or electricity or a star in the sky to work from. God didn’t even have to lift a finger. God spoke words and made a world.
Now, get this: We are made in the image of this same God. Which means our words are also powerful. Our words have the power to create or destroy. To heal or to hurt.
In what sense can our words create? In what sense can they destroy?
How would I speak differently if I had a greater appreciation for the power of my words?
Creator God, who spoke the heavens and the earth into existence, we give you thanks that from the dust of the earth you breathed life also into us. So as your good creation, let us live lives that are pleasing to you, and honoring to all the people you have made. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.