Wonderful Words of Life

Wonderful Words of Life

Give a man bread, and he will eat for a day.
Point a man to Christs, and he will never hunger.

It’s not quite as elegant as the Chinese proverb about a man and a fish, but it is biblical. Jesus, having been moved with compassion, fed the multitude with five loaves of bread and two small fish. The people spoke of making him, King. Why not make him king?

They were fixated on his works. People have not changed much through the centuries. We covet God’s blessings on our lives, yet, when the blessings seemed to have dried up, He is not our top interest. “Will ye also go away” (John 6:67)? When in the middle of difficulty, we covet His work of deliverance. When it does not happen according to our timetable, we turn away disappointed and disenchanted. Remember, it’s never been about the works of God. Oh, they are spectacular. The works of God are a mighty signature of His power! However, Adam and Eve were surrounded by the brilliance and wonder of God’s newborn works, but how much they would have traded all the works if they could cling to His words all over again. His simple words to them were the difference of life and death, fellowship and disfellowship. Their dullness to truly hear the words of God spelled death to the human race. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

As glorious as His works are, it is the words of God which are most valuable. Peter acknowledged, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Jesus pictured the assimilation of his words as eating his flesh and drinking his blood. Drastic measures for the desperate times of man’s condition. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

Some are waiting for the next great act of God as if He were some Houdini who works up something amazing in their life. God is waiting for the next great act in men and women—the act of hearing “these sayings of mine, and doeth them” (Matthew 7:24).

Sing them over again to me,
Wonderful words of life,
Let me more of their beauty see,
Wonderful words of life;
Words of life and beauty
Teach me faith and duty.
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life;
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life.

Christ, the blessed One, gives to all
Wonderful words of life;
Sinner, list to the loving call,
Wonderful words of life;
All so freely given,
Wooing us to heaven.
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life;
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life.

Sweetly echo the Gospel call,
Wonderful words of life;
Offer pardon and peace to all,
Wonderful words of life;
Jesus, only Savior,
Sanctify us forever.
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life;
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life.

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