Isaiah 55:10-11 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55 is an incredible chapter, from the invitation in the beginning (1-5), to the crucial assertion of God that his thoughts and his ways are as much above ours as the heavens are about the earth (6-9), to the comforting promises of future hope (12-13), these words remind us that he is a God both powerful and loving – which is exactly the God we need.
These two verses remind us that what he says he will do. His word is not ineffective. Sometimes it may feel that way in our lives, or as we introduce it into the lives of others. It’s tempting to say ‘well, that didn’t work, let’s try something else.’ But the simple truth is that there is nothing besides God’s word. He formed creation by his word, he rescued his people from Egypt by his word, he promised his presence by his word, and finally he sent his word to become flesh and live among us, to fulfill his most important promises. We can try to find satisfaction in other things, but ultimately the only word that satisfies is the Word of God. “For you have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68).
No one has ever said this in a way that resonated more with me than John White, in his book “The Fight.” Here’s a PDF of my favorite quote: Bible study has torn apart my life and remade it. . . .
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