Daily Devotional

Watering the Earth

by Simon Whitton

10 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,
11 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.
12 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.

Isaiah 55:10-12 (NIV)

We believe that the rain comes from God; that it's at His command that the earth is watered.  We know that no two snowflakes are alike, that God had a hand in forming them.  We trust that God's purposes are accomplished by the rain and the snow.  We see that when the rain waters the earth, it buds and flourishes, providing food.

God's word is what sets these things in motion.

God's voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding. 
He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,'
and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'

Job 37:5-6 (NIV)

When God speaks, He sets creation in motion, in such a way that it accomplishes what He desires and achieves the purposes for which He sent it.

We are also a part of creation; but how much more significant are we than snowflakes?  We are made in God's image.  He intimately formed each one of us out of the dust of the ground and He breathed into us His very breath.  We have been the focus of His creation since the beginning.  He has placed His Holy Spirit within us and has given us His word.

God has spoken into our lives, and He has desires and purposes for us that far exceed that of the rain and snow.  How much more can we expect that God will accomplish His desires and achieve His purposes through us?

As God leads us forth, we should experience the joy and peace that comes from knowing that it is the word of God that sends us out.  You will not return to the dust until you have achieved the purposes for which He has sent you.

The rain goes out causing the earth to bear fruit; how much more will creation rejoice before you, as you go forth and bear the spiritual fruit that God has long spoken of.

Thank God for His word that does not return to Him empty.  Thank God that He has spoken into your life, you are a product of His word, He has sent you, and He will accomplish His desires through you.

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