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 (NIV)
What Purpose And Plan?
What purpose do you think I have in mind when my word goes out to you? What do you think I want my word to accomplish in your life? Those are hard questions to answer. Why is that? You might have a hundred different things you want your word accomplish in my life. Depending on the time, place and circumstance you might have any number of different purposes in mind when you speak to me through your word. On one hand you are right I am asking you difficult questions. On the other hand you are making the answer to my question too difficult. Think about your answer to my questions in a more basic and simple manner.
When you speak to me through your word you are trying to get my attention. There is something that you want to say to me. That’s right. There is something that you want me to know. There is some work that you want your word to accomplish in and through my life. That’s also right. It’s very important for me to listen attentively so that I can hear all that you want to say to me. If I were not very careful it would be easy for me to fail to hear all that you want to say to me. How will you be fully attentive and very careful to listen to all that I have to say to you? I will set aside a time and a place to meet with you in your word. Why is that necessary? The noise and pace of life makes it very hard for me to hear what you have to say to me. I need to slow down and quiet myself before you so I can be fully attentive and able to carefully listen to all that you have to say to me. That’s true.
As you have been fully attentive and listened carefully to my word what have I accomplished in you? Your word has helped me to know and love you. Your word has helped to do your will. Your word has given me a desire to live my life wholeheartedly with and for you. Your word has guarded and guided the course of my life. Your word has made serving you the mission and goal of my life. Your word has made me to want what you want. Your word made me to want to do what you are doing. In every way I welcome your word into my life to accomplish your purposes and plans that you have for me. That is what my word has done and will keep doing in your life.
Lord, thank you for your word. It is my daily delight to meet with you in your word. Use your word to accomplish your purposes and plans in my life. Use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Use your word to help me to know and do your will. Amen
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