Good Things Travel By Word of Mouth
John Edgerton
October 25, 2022

The living, the living—they praise you,
    as I am doing today;
parents tell their children
    about your faithfulness.
~Isaiah 38:10-20
When buying something online I always read the reviews first. For example, if I’m buying a new cookbook, I want to hear about the recipes from people who actually have experience using the book and took the time to share what they know. Heck, my wife wrote a review on Amazon for Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” that is still that book’s number one negative review after ten years (sorry, Mr. Bittman).
The truth is that testimonies have power. For all the technology at our disposal, for all our resources, for all our global reach, people still rely upon the simple fact of personal testimony. People trust one another’s motives and that’s powerful. 
It is perhaps ironic for a preacher to be reminded of the importance of testimony by an entity with “.com” in its name. Because if people want to hear from others before they will commit to a cookbook, how much more will they want to hear from others before they will commit to a life of faith?
Today, learn this lesson from a trustworthy source—the Prophet Isaiah. Today you are alive and it is the gift of the living that we may praise God and testify to God’s goodness. You have good news worth sharing with those who need it. Tell one person today about how God has been a blessing in your life. It will gladden the heart of God and maybe—just maybe—it might help the church a bit too.
Prayer: God, help me to share the joy You have given me with others.