I think we’ve all been in that situation where we have been tricked by human words. Sometimes it’s the tragedy of a promise that’s been broken that leaves trust shattered. Other times it’s a simple joke that has caught us out and made for some fun amongst friends. There’s the times we misread or mishear something with all the consequences that go along with that. And, there’s also times when we make assumptions about words that turn out to our detriment.
For me, the classic was when i was a young boy and my Mum had made a cake. I was outside sulking because I’d done something bad (and probably perceived I had been dealt the world’s worst injustice). My Mum called out to me. Hearing her words, I stayed quiet. I thought her words were the start of more trouble. She called my name again. I ignored her words, and ignored her. Some time later when I thought it was safe to venture back inside, mum caught me and in a gentle tone said something like “Ron, where have you been? I made a cake and thought you’d like to lick the bowl.” Looking around quickly, I discovered the opportunity had passed. The bowl had been washed up. My heart sank – if only I had responded differently when I heard my Mum’s words!
Can you imagine hearing the word of God and not responding? Can you envision the tragedy that happens every day as people treat God’s words as human words. They miss out not only on licking the bowl, but on the multitude of blessings that come from knowing God and living with him.
Hence, Paul is filled will thanks for those in Thessalonica
because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. (1 Thess 2:13)
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.