"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there until they have watered 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 succeed in the thing for which I sent it." (verses10-11)
Think of the power of our words today. They are used to persuade, encourage, and inspire. They can also hurt and belittle someone. Think also of the many empty promises that have been given by people. Think now of the words that come directly from God. Just as we see in the natural order of creation with rain and snow, so it is with God's word. It shall accomplish its purpose!
You might have the opportunity to share God's word with someone else who is in need of comfort or hope. You might wonder if you will be effective or not. You can know that God stands behind those very words spoken in faith.
The word of God also has meaning for each of us personally. Yes, we ourselves who encounter God's word must realize that it has the power to transform us. If we become "showered" with God's word, we can be assured of its power to renew and liberate us.
May God's blessing be upon your reflection of these words of Scripture in preparation for Sunday's worship.
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
Has there been a time when you were engaged with God's word and felt something stirring inside you as if God is speaking to you and wants to transform you?
What difference might this passage make for you as you share God's word with others?