Reading: Isaiah 55: 6-13
Verse 11: My Word that goes out from my mouth, it will not return empty…
Our passage today opens with a great invitation: “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near”. This is an open-ended invitation, but the writer goes on to encourage even the wicked to seek the Lord ‘for He will freely pardon’. The invitation to be in God’s presence is open to all. It remains so today.
Then, in verse eight, God reminds us of the difference between us and God. God says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”. The word God uses to define the difference is “higher” – as in too big or too expansive for us to fully understand. We love and worship a huge God. Yet God loves little us. That is an amazing love.
The passage then shifts to nature. God speaks of the rain and snow that doesn’t simply fall from the sky and return to the sky. It falls for a purpose. It waters the earth. In doing so the rain and snow bring forth new life and seed for the sower. Water is an essential for all life. Life cannot exist or continue without water.
The the Lord says that His Word is like the water. It does not return empty to God but “will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it”. It is like water in that it nourishes our souls and brings life to us. And life water to all life, God’s Word is essential to our spiritual life. We must drink deeply and God will accomplish whatever He wants through us.
The end of Isaiah 55 speaks of the new life we find when we drink of God’s Word. Verse 12 says, “you will go out in joy and be led forth in peace”. When we dwell in the Word of God we do go out into life full of joy and resting in His peace. As we dwell in the Lord’s Word, may we allow it to settle deep down in us to achieve and accomplish God’s purposes in our life.