Re: Verse reading–Mark 11:12-33 (day three)
“‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!’” Of course it did. Jesus spoke without bombast, without pretentiousness. This is how God uses words. He spoke all heaven and earth into being. He gives us power like that—not to that degree, but like it. We speak encouragement, and people start to hope. We speak in agreement with God, and others see God in a new light. We speak a plan to help a person in need, and those we call on do what we ask. Work that matters begins with words. The disciples act as if there is no connection between words and results. But then again they’ve seen a lifetime full of empty words. These times call for true words. May we learn them from God, and speak them to one another and to the world.