Verse of the Day 12-12-22

The Work of the Word of God: Isaiah 55:8-13

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,”

declares the LORD.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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.

You will go out in joy

and be led forth in peace;

the mountains and hills

will burst into song before you,

and all the trees of the field

will clap their hands.

Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,

and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.

This will be for the LORD’s renown,

for an everlasting sign,

that will endure forever.” (NIV)

            What is God trying to tell us here through the prophet Isaiah? He is trying to tell us the power of his Word. And how does God tell us the power of his Word?

            God starts of by telling us that we all need pardon because our unholy thoughts do not reach the heights of God’s holy thoughts. He then goes on to tell us that our wicked ways deviate from his righteous ways. God had previously said (verse 7) that the only hope for sinners is to forsake their ways and thoughts and turn to God, whose thoughts and ways are higher than our thoughts and ways. In other words, our only hope is God. However, the gulf between our thoughts and God’s thoughts is insurmountable.

            Give that the gulf between our thoughts and God’s thoughts is insurmountable it would seem that all is lost. However, while we cannot reach God, he can reach us. And he does this by sending his lifegiving Word-the gospel-like rain and snow from heaven that water the earth and cause it to flourish (verse 10). Therefore, God’s Word accomplishes what he sends it to do (verse 11). And as sinners turn from unrighteousness and receive God’s heaven-sent Word, the fruit of Faith is joy and peace (verse 12). Which means that when God’s powerful Gospel has finished his work, creation will rejoice at its renewal and at the eradication of the curse (verses 12-13).

            So, what then is the power/work of God’s Word? It is very simply this: God’s Word has the power to either bring spiritual life to those who receive it or bring judgement to those who reject it.

Today’s Bible Readings

Amos 7-9, Revelation 3:7-22, Psalm 131:1-3 and Proverbs 29:23


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