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Let The Rain Fall

Isaiah 55:10-11

10 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, 11 so 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.

IMG_0301Rain falls at different rates. The other evening we had a storm at home. The rain came down so hard the ground couldn’t absorb it all – there was a river running down the side yard. Another time last week it merely sprinkled – barely got the ground wet/damp. We’ve also gotten some significant snow falls the last few winters – as the snow mounted and slowly melted into the ground. No matter how fast or light the rain/snow falls – rain is good for the ground – the crops – the flowers – the grass – our wells.  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.

Of course – at times there is much too much rain – just ask folks in Texas this week.  Rivers are overflowing and towns have been put underwater.  At times -on the other hand – when there is very little rain – you will hear reports about how far under normal we are in the rain fall. We will hear that water supplies are low and how much we need the rain.  When we have drought conditions – we asked to preserve our use of water.

Isaiah writes – comparing the falling rain and snow – and the benefit it gives – to the Word of God falling on the ears of men and women. 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, so 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.

The Word of God will not go out and return void – according to today’s passage. This is a promise that every Christian can cling to and trust in. When we witness – when we share the truth about Jesus – when we tell someone about how God is working in our lives – His word will not go out and come back empty. There will always be a benefit to sharing and hearing the Word of God.  Telling someone about Jesus is witnessing.  We are all called to share about Jesus!

I know a woman who prayed for and shared the Word of God with her husband and clung to promises like this one. Her husband was a good man – he just didn’t know Christ. After a couple of decades of lovingly persistent witnessing – her husband came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior. The Word did not go out and come back void. It may not have watered the soil of his heart as fast as his wife would have liked – but – it did water it and in God’s time – the fruit came forth.

Who in your life have you been lovingly persistently witnessing to – trusting to see a harvest? Do not give up – do not grow silent – even when you don’t see the fruit – something is happening – that is the promise. The grandchild – grandparent – friend – co-worker – spouse – child – parent – you are witnessing to may seem to be closed to the Word of God – and they may not even come to faith – but God’s Word will have an impact – it will not go out and come back empty or void. Somewhere there will be fruit from your sharing of God’s Word.  Be faithful and witness for Jesus!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 18, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This article and getting my auto washed today brought heavy rains today to Laurel! LOL

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    Comment by raymcdonald | June 18, 2015 | Reply


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