Monday, December 6, 2010
Spiritual Candy - 3
Okay...how 'bout this one:
"So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11
There are some sentences in scripture that are so rich and full of doctrine that my mind can barely contain their fullness. This is one of them. Now, I need to share with you the three verses beforehand so that you can have a running start into its truths: (You may actually be surprised at which verses come before this one...)
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are My ways your 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 without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:8-11
So here's what I glean for starters:
*God's Word produces exactly what God intends for it to produce
*God's thoughts and ways are different than my thoughts and ways
*When He sends the rain, it is to water the earth so that the earth will produce
*Just like the rain does its job, so do the Words of God
*When God speaks, He speaks for a purpose and His desires are always accomplished
So, who's in control? God.
Who accomplishes anything good? God.
Who makes the Word effective? God.
Who gets credit for changing lives through His Word? God.
Who doesn't have to bear the burden of not being eloquent enough or clear enough or patient enough or wise enough when sharing the gospel, so as to possibly turn people away from the Lord to everlasting punishment? Me.
Why? Because God always accomplishes what He desires, I just need to be obedient.
Yum - I like this one!
As for the boomerang, when I was a child I tried to throw a boomerang. It never came back.
Just another visual example of how His ways are not my ways - this verse tells us that His boomerangs always return...