For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field. — Job 5:23a
When I first met my wife, I was impressed to do something rather strange. I decided I would send her a rock in a box with a Scripture verse that describes how God used stones in the Bible. I was going to send it anonymously from a company called Significant Moments. I was going to do this for six months. The final month I planned to send the last rock with a note that said, “The most significant moment was the day I met you.” I was going to sign my name on the last mailing. However, before this could happen, the plan was spoiled.
I was helping my wife (just a friend at the time) move her furniture. We were exchanging stories about our lives. She began to tell me the story of how she got her name. Her father was an orphan in England, and in England they give orphans different names from their given names. They named her father “Staines.” Staines means “place of stones.” Not only that, he discovered later that his real name was Malcolm Stones. I nearly drove off the road when she told me this story. My plan was foiled! But my faith was advanced light years. I told her my plan since it would be too obvious now. We both looked at each other in amazement.
A month later, I went on a trip. She sent a little gift package along with me with a card that quoted a Scripture from Job. “For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field” (Job 5:23a). It was a rhema word for both of us. God used these times to confirm our relationship.
The Bible speaks of the Word of God as living. Rhema is a Greek word meaning “living.” Sometimes the Holy Spirit speaks through the living Word regarding a specific situation in which we find ourselves. It is one of those mysteries that God does from time to time.
As you read your Bible, be aware of the rhema Word of God. He may speak to you in specific ways you never thought possible.
Excerpted with permission from the book TGIF Today God Is First, by Os Hillman, copyright 2000, Destiny Image Publishers, Reprinted by permission. For free daily email subscription to TGIF Today God Is First marketplace meditations, visit www.marketplaceleaders.org