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Our Old Testament passage for this week, from Isaiah 55:10-13, draws our attention to God’s provision. The work of the Lord is visible all around us, when we see that rain and snow provide what the earth needs to be fruitful. This happens in ways which we cannot see. God gathers invisible water vapor, transports it great distances, and distributes it in rainfall. He takes moisture and uses it to make seeds sprout and grow, another process which is basically invisible to us.
God’s Word is greater than rain. While rain makes the plants grow to feed us and the rest of the world, God’s Word feeds us in ways we cannot understand. It gives us joy and hope. It creates selective growth - in verse 13, bringing forth what is especially useful. All creation finally rejoices in God’s Word.
Do we believe God’s Word can actually accomplish anything? Do we try to interfere and use the Scripture according to our own desires, for our own ends? Or will we be brave enough to let the Word do its work. God has promised that his Word will accomplish his desire. I pray that I will have the patience and the trust to allow God the privilege of working in his own way.
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