Monday, November 4th, 2013
Superlatives! (Part 1)
Their Rightful Owner
To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
Jude 1:25 (NKJV)
And every creature which is in Heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: 'Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him Who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!'
Revelation 5:13 (NKJV)
Forever belongs to God. So do always and never. He also owns all rights to every utmost measurement, including: the best, worst, strongest, highest, most supreme or perfect. Because they are superlatives.
Superlative means 'Of the highest order, quality or degree; surpassing or superior to all others' (American Heritage Dictionary). Surely, only God is superior to all others. So, when we say things like: 'I will never do that,' watch out!
Personally speaking, everything I said I'd 'never' do, I did. Admittedly, these 'never do' items were (mostly) in my B.C. years. Now I try to be more careful with words. I try to make my big mouth smaller--which is like unscrewing a rusty hinge stuck in the wide open position. But God's got plenty of oil and even more patience, so He helps me.
I believe saying things like 'never' and 'always' tempts God to show us the whimsy of our words. 'Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, they are altogether lighter than vapor' (Psalm 62:9). Left alone, I don't think vapor has much power.
Consider the secondary definition of superlative: 'Excessive or exaggerated' (American Heritage Dictionary). Unfortunately, to exaggerate is 'to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately' (Random House Dictionary).
Basically, exaggeration is a lie, and God hates liars. 'Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord' (Proverbs 12:22).
The insecure among us may magnify words for extra emphasis. But the only good Magnifier, Enlarger and Multiplier is God. Exceeding abundance is His to give and ours to enjoy... if we empty our mouths (of superlatives) to receive it:
'Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it' (Psalm 81:10).
Word of caution: God is the only good filling station. Because on the busy roads we travel, Satan has millions of pit stops. They advertise discount prices, but beware: their product is a bunch of hot air the great deceiver is dying to share.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Superlatives! series.