Friday, July 21

Isaiah 55:10-13 (ESV)

10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
    and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

12 “For you shall go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
    shall break forth into singing,
    and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
    instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall make a name for the Lord,
    an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”


Reflection

Sometimes the Bible is just crystal clear. Unmistakable. A fouryear-

old can get it. Not always, but sometimes.

We learn at an early age how water comes from the clouds, rain

or snow or sleet, drenching everything on the earth. We see the

flowers, trees, and bushes flourish with water or die without. We

may not be able to explain the physics of it, but we know that

water from above does its job. In the same way, God’s Word

does its job, accomplishes God’s purpose, succeeds.

The “job” of God’s Word can be described in many ways.

Maybe the best way comes from one of Jesus’s disciples, John:

The Bible is given “so that you may come to believe that Jesus

is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you

may have life in his name” (John 20:31).

May God’s Word accomplish in you all that God desires this day

and always.


Prayer

The rain and snow

are but the tools

You use to call forth life.

Pull from Your Word

the tool You need

to call forth life in me.

Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Pam Mitcham

Pastor of Community Care

pmitcham@stjohns-springfield.org