A devotional thought from Christian George for “Listening Together to the Voice of God”
Have you ever wondered what it means to say “Amen”? We say it over and over—after prayers, during sermons, in response to funny comments by friends. But what does it really mean?
According to Webster’s dictionary, “Amen” is a word that expresses “solemn ratification (as of an expression of faith) or hearty approval (as of an assertion).” While this definition might be correct, the Hebrew word ’aman, from which ’amen is derived, carries a much deeper definition. It means to “make strong, to nourish, faithful.”
So in Nehemiah, when the people lifted up their hands and said, “Amen, Amen!” (Neh. 8:6), they were saying that the Word of God they had just heard was strengthening and nourishing to them. They would have been reminded of the mightiness of God who delivered them from Babylonian exile and the faithfulness of God in bringing His people back to Himself.
The next time you say the word “Amen,” be reminded that you are saying “Yes” to God. You are saying “Yes” to His mission, to His master plan of salvation in this world. You are saying “Yes” to reaching out to others and being the hands and feet of Christ to those in need. Are you ready to say “Yes”? Are you ready to say “Amen”?
Pause and Reflect
• The Greek meaning of the word amen is the same as the Hebrew—an expression of faith. In the first century, when a Christian said “Amen,” it meant more than just approval. It signified deep faith and loyalty to Christ. Read Romans 1:16. What are some ways you can demonstrate your loyalty to Christ this week?