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"The Rain and Snow of God’s Word"

October 13, 2004

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“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven … so is My Word that goes out from My mouth.” Isaiah 55:10, 11

Words, words, words. So many words bombard us that we take them lightly. As a result, we may also trifle with God’s Word – spoken by the pastor on Sunday morning, read out loud and sung in worship, taught in Bible classes, or read silently at home. “The same old words,’ we say. “I already know that.”

But the Word of God creates and saves, as Isaiah says so poetically. “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” (Isaiah 55:10, 11).

God spoke, and the world was created. “In these last days [God] has spoken to us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:2). “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us … full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The apostles spoke God’s Word regarding Jesus as the Savior, and many believed and were baptized. As surely as rain and snow water the earth and bring about abundant crops, so surely God’s unfailing Word brings new life to His people.

No wonder Paul admonishes us to “Let the Word of Christ dwell in [us] richly" (Colossians 3:16). God accomplishes His purposes for us individually and for His church through His unfailing Word.

PRAYER: Lord, I love Your Words because they are the way to salvation through Christ Jesus. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Micah 6-7    Acts 22

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