The Word of God is...

The Frame of the World

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
— Heb 11:1-3
By Oddworldly (Own work) [ CC-BY-SA-3.0 ], via  Wikimedia Commons

By Oddworldly (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This is why and how believers and nonbelievers see the world so differently.  For example, when my joints hurt, I think of the verse: “Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church (Col 1:24).”  It lessens my perception of the pain, and reminds me to work for the reconciliation of the world.

The words we use and the words we give our hearts to effect the elements of our life, how we relate to others, the world, and the Divine.

To reclaim this power of the Divine Word, we must learn to speak them again with reverence and mindfulness.  This does not necessarily mean that just saying the right words is enough.  Words mean little if they are not followed by actions.

The process is clearly spelled out:

  1. Learn the Truth.
  2. Develop a Conviction in the Truth, this is faith.
  3. Faith will lead to a steadfastness of mind, firmness, courage, resolution, this is substance or foundation of Hope
  4. Develop Confidence through your Faith, this is Hope itself.
  5. Test the result, discern whether you see any proof you are on the right or wrong path, this is the evidence of the things not seen.
  6. Through this testing, which is the source of faith, we learn to see that the worlds (universe, ages, Aions) are framed by the Rhema (active utterance, living word of God).

Faith is not blind, and we are not advocating magical thinking.  As in every aspect of life, "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good (1Thess 5:21)."  Test everything with an eye to disprove your beliefs.  Seek out contrary evidence, but always remember, if your do not test for yourself and only rely on evidence provided by others, you have tested nothing.  Does meditation work?  Meditate and find out.  Can we live in and practice the Word of God? Try it, and see for yourself.

I will now remember the works of the Lord, and declare the things that I have seen: In the words of the Lord are his works. The sun that gives light looks upon all things, and the work thereof is full of the glory of the Lord.
— Sir 42:15-16

As we pronounce the Words with mindfulness and compassion, we set them up like a tent around us to change, deepen, and illuminate our perception of the world.  We set this change into motion, and in so doing, we change the world.  To change ourselves is to change the world.

So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
— Isa 55:11