I’ve joked to young men contemplating marriage that there is only one appropriate response to their wife, once they marry… “Yes dear!”
Well there is really only one appropriate response to God regarding His revealed will… “Yes Lord!” (or the word “Amen!”).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia provides this explanation of the word “Amen”: “A particle expressing affirmation, equivalent to ‘so be it.’ It is used as a solemn formula by which an individual or the whole nation confirms a covenant or an oath.” Webster does a great job of defining the term in modern usage: “An interjection used to express solemn ratification or hearty approval.”
My Bible reading from Deuteronomy 26-27 emphasized both the rationale for the use of the term “Amen” and then provided examples of its use by God’s people 12 times…
“This day the Lord your God commands you to do these statutes and rules. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have declared today that the Lord is your God, and that you will walk in his ways, and keep his statutes and his commandments and his rules, and will obey his voice. And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for his treasured possession, as he has promised you, and that you are to keep all his commandments, and that he will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that he has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised… This day you have become the people of the LORD your God. You shall therefore obey the voice of the LORD your God, keeping His commandments and His statutes, which I command you today…” (Deuteronomy 26:16-19; 27:9-10 ESV)
Then what follows are the rehearsal of 12 commandments to guide God’s people as they enter the Promised Land, each followed by the appropriate response… It goes like this: The command is given, and then these words: “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen! … Amen! … Amen! … Amen! … Amen! … Amen! … Amen! … Amen! … Amen! … Amen! … Amen! … Amen!’” (27:15-26)
As a Christ-follower there is only one appropriate response to God’s will… “Amen!” and the obedience that appropriately follows! Jesus put it this way… “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (Read it in John 14:15, 21, 23-24 – it’s reinforced!) So… when it comes to God’s revealed will in my life – whenever and wherever or however it is revealed and I become aware of it I want my response to be “AMEN!”