You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand has supported me.
1 Corinthians 4:20 (NASB)
The kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.
Talk is cheap. Rappers can rip off word after word in cadence, rhyme, with our without expletive eruptions. Politicians and pundits can rattle off statistics, bringing anecdotal evidence to their latest cause celeb. Con artists can smooth talk and misdirect by their words. But where there are many words, sin is not absent (Proverbs 10:19).
God, on the other hand, has spoken few words. But those words have impact! By God’s word the world was created. His, “let there be” translated into there being. When God speaks his word of grace, we are saved.
God has not just spoken, he has acted; his Word became flesh in the person of Jesus. He has saved us from our own self-destructive devices, from death’s doom, and from the devil’s deceit. He has defeated every enemy by his Son’s life, death, and resurrection. We are now under the gracious rule and reign of God. He rules in our hearts by faith – not by coercion, threat, or raw power. His love captures our hearts, and his rescue places us in a place of safety, security, and purpose. We have the power of God through his word.
Every time we show love to our neighbor, or see God’s healing touch in the life of a loved-one, or experience justice in this world, we are seeing the rule and reign of Christ writ large. That gift is a shield and support in all of life.