May 16, 2018
Isaiah 55:10-11… For the rain and snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater. So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
God gives Isaiah an earthly picture to explain a Spiritual truth. That is fairly common in scripture… First the natural; then the spiritual. (1 Corinthians 15:46) In doing this the author is saying, just as you understand this, so also you can believe this. I get the idea of snow accumulating in the mountains and melting during warm weather and flowing down the mountains to the lowlands where all the crops are planted. To the farmer, it is not just the rain that matters, but also the accumulation of snow in the mountains. The benefit of the snow is not when it comes in the winter but is in the summer, when water is needed.
I was particularly struck by a phrase in the writing this morning:
“shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Words are of tremendous value. God did not only speak them; He sent them. We are created in His image. You can engage in many discussions about what that means; this morning I want to focus on one. God sent words for purpose. We ought to speak in the same manner. And perhaps “speak” is too limiting. I am writing words this morning. I am sending them out not just to communicate something; I am sending them out to accomplish what they can… as from God.
When making a blanket statement to numerous people, the words may not impact each one of you right now. Some may come into your life as snow, which will accumulate and flow into your heart at a later time. But the words which I speak have purpose and will not return to me void. We have possibly heard it said that a kid will become what we speak to him. There is truth in that. And in the family of God, we are all kids. Isaiah goes on…
Verse 12… For you shall go out with joy and be led forth in peace.
Spread joy wherever you go. Plant joyful words in the hearts of people.