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Our Old Testament reading from Isaiah 55 speaks to the power of God’s Word. Through His Word, God accomplishes His purposes, and those purposes are good. He causes the earth to bring forth food and financial increase (v. 10) in the world through rain. Through His Word, he is also hard at work. In verse 12 God creates joy, peace, and worship from all creation. In verse 13 God makes sure that mighty and useful trees come forth, rather than the thorns and briers which are cleared out of the way and burned up.
How does God create a name and reputation for Himself? He does it through the Word. Several places in Scripture we read that God’s Word increased. This is God’s way of changing our world. In all of life and ministry, then, if we want to see God at work, we should simply show ourselves faithful to bring God’s Word into all the situations we find ourselves in. The growth of Christ’s kingdom is not so much related to what we are able to plan or do, but is based on God’s Word going forth. Sometimes we can predict the results, but at other times we simply stand back and watch God working.
How will God work in our world? We really don’t know. But as we pray that God’s kingdom will come and His will will be done on earth as it is in heaven, we recognize that God’s word is going to be very busy. We can enjoy seeing God at work.
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