I'm reading Isaiah 55 this morning while in Palm Springs for Horizon Christian Fellowship's Festival of Life this weekend. For 2 days I have seen hundreds of people respond to the gospel that is going out and reach out for their salvation. Yesterday morning I heard my mother in law give an unbelievable testimony/message that so clearly revealed the Father to a large group of women. I couldn't imagine someone sitting there and thinking "I still don't know who He is." I told someone later that it was like walking into a party where you feel uncomfortable and don't know anyone and then one person makes eye contact with you and smiles at you and comes over to talk with you and all of a sudden you feel relaxed and know you are welcome. My mother in law Sandy did that. She gave the gospel message in such a way that it made eye contact with all who walked into that morning feeling lost and uncomfortable. She let the gospel smile at them and welcome them into the home and family of the Father. So it is random that my bible fell open this morning to Isaiah 55. It is a chapter that I have underlined and written around and loved but I still saw something new in it this morning. Verses 8-11 say
8 “ For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. 9 “ For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “ For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, 11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
I love this promise. I love knowing and being reminded that my God has it all under His control. It's His word and He knows it will not return void. What struck me this morning was the last line, "It shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." I don't know why I haven't honed in on that line before. Maybe because I was so focused on the first part, I don't know, but what a great thing to ponder. His word will accomplish and prosper in the thing for which He sends it. He has a plan and He is specific in that plan. He doesn't throw out a flower seed hoping that a flower will grow. He knows the flower will grow and he knows what kind of flower will be growing. I need to remember this when I sing. The Father knows what is going out from me. His word is in the songs I sing or the words I speak and He knows that it is not going to return to Him void. I need to remain confident in that and let it spur me on to opening my mouth and letting His word pour out of me even more so that it can water even more earth and bring forth even more bud and life.