Blessed Utterance

16 However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”  17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ (Romans 10).

Most all of us have struggled with sharing our faith.  Let’s face it, we get scared and wonder what we’re supposed to say, or how we’re supposed to say it — or how even to enter into a conversation about it.  We know we will probably encounter unbelief, and that’s just difficult to accept.  I know how in my own experience far more people have rejected the gospel I’ve spoken, than have accepted it.

The word for “word” here is not the typical “logos” we usually see, but the word “rhema” instead.  And this word “rhema” means “an utterance” or “spoken word.”  But just who is it that is doing the speaking?  Is it we?  No, it says it is “the word of Christ.”  Thus, we can speak the good news all day long, but unless Christ Himself speaks to them, they simply will not hear.  And this is why we pray for God’s help.  “God, open their eyes!  Lord, speak to their hearts!”

Lord, we thank You for that blessed “utterance” You have spoken to us, and for opening our hearts to hear.  Help us This Day to speak the good news to others, and when we do, Lord, please speak to them so that they might truly hear.  Amen.