I just love when God’s word speaks so clearly. These verses is Isaiah 55 are a beautiful picture of His Word and the transforming power it has:
“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
hand I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
“For as the rain and the 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 sit shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
“For you shall go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall make a name for the Lord,
an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
There is so much in these verses that make me realize even more how much I love teaching my children God’s word. His word is essential to life. It satisfies when all else can not. It never returns void.
If we teach our children the Bible, God promises His word will not return void. Just as the water can not fall to the earth without producing fruit somewhere, His word will do the same. It will always accomplish His purposes. What a promise!
Sometimes doubt and worry creep in, and I wonder if I am doing the right things…and then, I reminded that if I am teaching God’s word, God will always work through it. I can rest in His promises and know that His purposes will prevail! What a comfort that is!
Lately I have seen this fruit. I have seen the harvest come after a drought. I would worry that I wasn’t doing things right, and then I would be so mercifully reminded from the Lord that He is in control, and as long as I am letting Him lead us, the harvest will be plentiful, and with the fruit that nourishes.
Never doubt God. You can doubt yourself because it is never actually YOU who does the work, but Him. We plant the seeds, and He waters and causes it to grow.