“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,
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.
“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.
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.”
This is one of my favorite passages as it speaks of the absolute reliability of God’s Word.
Remembering that all Scripture is “breathed out by God” (2 Timothy 3:16), we get a vivid picture of God’s word at work.
We can easily understand the purpose of rain and snow from the illustration in the text. We know that without the rain and snow, rivers and streams would run dry; reservoirs would sit empty. Crops would cease to grow, and people would starve.
As rain and snow serve a clear, tangible purpose of God, so it is with his Word:
- It comes from God, as “no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21)
- It is sent with purpose, and it always accomplishes and succeeds in that purpose. The first and most vivid example is the creation itself. God said: “’Let there be light’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3). From the creation of the rest of the heavens and the earth, to the creation of man, God said, “let there be…” and there was.
With this knowledge and assurance as our foundation, we can confidently place our hope in God’s Word. It behooves us to get to know God’s word with all its promises, exhortations, and yes – warnings. For just as God spoke and created, so he also warned his creation of the consequences of disobedience.
Let us read Gods’ word; let us meditate and think about God’s word, day and night (Joshua 1:8). What it says is reliable; we can obey it with complete confidence.
What does it say about us? For starters, we know that “it is God who works in [us], both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13); we can be “sure of this, he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6).
He has sent his word to us, with a purpose, and his purpose will succeed. Be encouraged, for God’s word can be trusted!