Today's Devotional


His Word is Like a Hammer that Breaks Rock

by Simon Whitton

Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?" declares the LORD.
  "Is not my word like fire," declares the LORD,
"and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

Jeremiah 23:28-29 (NIV)

I was in church towards the end of a Sunday morning service, when a man got up front and held aloft a hand-grenade.  He proceeded to explain that the grenade was a deactivated Second World War No. 36 Mills bomb.  The man said that earlier in the service the Lord had told to him to drive home to get the grenade and bring it to church.  The grenade was to be a physical exhibit for what he had to tell us.

He believed there was someone there who had a word from the Lord, and wasn't speaking out.

He said that when a hand-grenade explodes, its effect can appear quite random.  It may leave someone right next to it untouched, but it can kill a man at 100 yards.

In the same way, you just don't know what effect your words may have on someone present. Words that are inspired by the Holy Spirit have the power of God behind them. They can have a tremendous impact on people.

12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4:12-13 (NIV)

There were two things that man didn't know when he obeyed the Lord and drove home in the middle of the service, and then spoke out in church.

First of all, my main hobby is Second World War military history, and I had recently researched the No. 36 Mills bomb, studying its explosive filler and its effectiveness.

Secondly, the Lord had given me a clear word for that church about half an hour earlier, a word about failure and redemption.  However, after wrestling with God, I had decided not to speak out because of my reluctance to speak publicly.

When we fail, God doesn't give up on us.  He is a God of redemption.

Let's pray that we will be faithful servants, obediently speaking out when prompted.  That His WORD might go out and accomplish His purposes, a WORD that shall break rock, break through hardened attitudes of hearts and minds.