Last Sunday I preached on Isaiah 55:10-11. “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.” What wonderful words spoken to us through the prophet Isaiah. God uses his Word to bring people to faith, to communicate to sinners that their Savior is Jesus. The Word works!
As a pastor, I spend a lot of time in God’s powerful Word. Every day I am rejuvenated. I have the privilege of preaching the Word every week so that others are built up and strengthened. Yet, I never cease to be amazed at the effect of the proclamation of that Word. Sometimes you hear it in people’s response. Sometimes you can see it in expressions on faces. It could be people telling you how much the day’s message meant to them. It could be a simple smile and nod when they are reminded that life is theirs through Jesus death and resurrection. It could be in a visitor stopping by and telling you that they want to become members of your church. It could be seen on the tear-filled face of someone who is struggling when they hear words of comfort and strength from the Word. The Word accomplishes the purpose for which God sends it out.
God’s Word never returns to him empty and it is always for God’s glory alone. It is not what I said, but what God says through me. How comforting it is to know that the Word is not dependant on me! God works through his Word using me as an instrument to bring that message of comfort, joy, and peace to His people. The Word works! It will never return to God empty.