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Let God’s Word Rain Upon Us

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.

RayMcDWe have had plenty of rain this summer. It might just be the most rain we have had during a summer in some time – maybe even historical. I know it has been hard finding the time when the grass wasn’t wet in order to cut it.

Rain falls at different rates. The other afternoon we had a storm at home. The rain came down so hard the ground couldn’t absorb it all. Another time last week it merely sprinkled – barely got the ground wet/damp. No matter how fast or light the rain falls – rain is typically 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.

At times – 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. Not this summer – with the rains being abundant.

David writes in Psalm 51 and compares 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. This is a promise that every Christian can cling to and trust in. Isaiah 55:11 – 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.

At times – when the Word of God is not being shared – there is a dry spell in a church or in our lives. We become barren and in need of the Word of God in our souls. Sharing the Word of God doesn’t require preaching. We can all share God’s Word through our daily witness.

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 go out and it will not come back empty or void. There will always be a benefit to sharing and hearing the Word of God.

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 Jesus. 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 – been 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 faith – but God’s Word will have impact – it will go out and not come back empty. Somewhere there will be fruit from your sharing of God’s Word.

My prayer for us is that God’s Word would rain down on us in way that we will be mature in our faith – in our walk with Jesus. Lord – rain down on us Your truth – Your Word – and send messengers to share this truth with Your people.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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August 17, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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