“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.” Isaiah 55: 10-11
The Word of God is comprised of the same 26 letters of the English alphabet as all other writings, and uses common words, yet is wholly unlike any other book. It is alive, active, powerful, purposeful, personal. “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” “No prophesy of Scripture was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16)
Isaiah begins chapter 55 with a call to come, partake with delight. God’s word is free, satisfying, life-changing. It reveals God’s thoughts and ways which are higher than ours, thus making a way for us to know Him intimately. “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live.” (Isaiah 55:1-3,6-9)
Taking deliberate time to feed on the Word is sure to satisfy. God promises to sow it deeply, cause it to sprout, bear fruit through it in our lives and through us to others, effecting all He intends for His kingdom purposes. I choose what I ingest every day. Why would I eat junk food when His rich fare is available?
Lord, may I soak in Your Word that revives the soul, makes wise the simple, rejoices the heart, enlightens the eyes; that is to be desired more than fine gold and is sweeter than honey. You freely offer it, in all seasons– your rain and snow. And so shall Your Word have its way in me. (Psalm 19:7,8,10)