“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
God says that His word is like the rain and snow that waters the dry ground so that it can spring into life, which in turn provides the needed harvest and satisfaction for the hungry. As with the moisture from the heavens, His word will not return to Him void, but it will accomplish the purpose for which it has been sent. Therefore the spiritually hungry and thirsty can be filled. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). Unfortunately, just as the ground can be rocky and hard, so our hearts may be unreceptive, but the gospel has a way of softening or watering our stony hearts so that we may produce a bountiful harvest. “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8). It is “impossible for God to lie” (Hebrew 6:18), therefore let us not be guilty of calling Him a liar by living in doubt and unbelief.
The way God works
Almost everything God does is through the power of His word, and we often find that the way He does things is contrary to human logic and wisdom. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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” (Isaiah 55:8-9). The way we can know God’s thoughts and purposes is for Him to reveal them to us. This means that we are not to search for His will anywhere else but in His word. It is here that the Holy Spirit will reveal God’s will, for only He can minister it to our hearts. “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11). The prophets and apostles were inspired to write the word of God in the Scriptures in exactly the same way. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). They were guided by the Spirit to pen the book we love, study and read. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:13).
Do we believe that His word cannot return to Him void? We prove our faithlessness through our unwillingness to put complete trust in what God has spoken. If we do not believe then we will never see the wonderful ways God can use us for His glory. “If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established” (Isaiah 7:9) … “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:23-24). God will finish the work He started. We must believe it, receive it, and count on it! Do we see that God works through us as we cooperate with Him in faith?
What God works
Everything that we do will go ahead of us into eternity. Our works, either good or bad, will reveal what manner of people we were on earth. “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). The Lord has not given us His word so that it fails to accomplish what He intended for it. It cannot fail, but we often do. If only we would start living our lives in accordance to His word, then we would see the blessings of a great harvest. We must listen to the voice of His Holy Spirit instead of the world. “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God” (1 Corinthians 2:12).
God’s word is pure gold, so we must use it to build in our hearts, and the hearts of other people, eternal values. When we speak to others, be it in preaching, teaching or witnessing, it must always be inline with the Scriptures. “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever” (1 Peter 4:11). Even if we seem to continually be banging our heads against a brick wall with some people, let us not give up, but be persistent, for the word of God will penetrate even the hardest heart. “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29). If we try to do it any other way, then it will not truly save the lost or edify the saints.
No Word, No Hope. No Hope, No Faith. No Faith, No Results. If we obey and trust God; if we do things His way, then His word will prosper in our lives and in the lives of those around us. The closer we walk with God, the clearer we see His guidance. His Word will instruct us and teach us the way we should go. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). He has given us His word as a force for good in this world. Let us not disappoint Christ by failing Him in the mission He has given us. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Mathew 28:19-20).