Words and Tornadoes
I just completed a wonderful trip to speak in Southern Indiana. While I was there, I learned how words turned aside a devastating tornado.
On March 2, 2012, two tornadoes hit Henryville, Indiana, fifteen minutes apart. My friend was watching as one of the tornadoes moved along the ground. It was drawing closer and closer to his home. Seeing the danger, he held up his hand toward the storm. He said, “You shall not damage this property in the name of the Messiah Jesus (Yeshua).”
As he watched, the spinning funnel grew thinner and withdrew into the clouds. After it passed overhead, it touched down again, destroying a school and flattening homes. It even took the lives of four people.
My friend’s words, spoken in the name of Yeshua, delivered him from certain harm and spared his property. This is the power of dabar, or spoken words.
To learn how profound spoken words are, review the story of Deborah and Yael. You will see how spoken words brought victory in a Canaanite war, and ushered in forty years of peace for Israel (Judges 4-5).
We, too, change history – for better or worse – with our words. Yeshua stressed this when he disclosed a Kingdom secret in Matthew 12:37. “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
As the High Holy Days draw to a close, let us tackle the New Year with words of life on our tongues.
Published October 11, 2016