Devotions from the Word in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Granada Heights Friends Church.
The following is an excerpt from the devotional book. Books are available for purchase in the church office.
by Meade DeKlotz
“For as the rain and the snow come down
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 (NASB)
A young friend was making some poor life choices so I felt led to write her a letter sharing my thoughts and God’s Word. The verses I shared with her spoke of God’s directions, His precepts and His forgiveness to those who repent. At the time we were memorizing Isaiah 55 in our Precepts Bible Study. These verses (10-11) were so encouraging to me because I felt God was telling me that as I shared His words with my friend, those words could have a powerful effect.
Now, my friend might reject God's words, as the parable of the soils reveals to us (Mark 4:1-20). In this parable of Jesus, seeds are scattered on different types of soils, but only the good soil accepts the seed in and grows into a healthy plant that bears fruit--thirty, sixty, and even a hundredfold! Seed that falls on hard or rocky or thorny soil does not bear any fruit. The seed represents the word of God, and the soils represent how receptive our hearts are to God's Word. For the receptive heart, God's Word works miracles and accomplishes exactly what God promises--it bears much fruit, way more than humanly possible!
Isaiah 55:11 reminds us of the incredible power of God's Word. His sovereignty over nature in verse 10 is compared to His sovereignty over His word in verse 11. His words carry His power to accomplish His purposes. This encourages me to meditate on Scriptures and let God's powerful truth work inside me to transform my heart, and then I can help other people by sharing how God's Word has changed me. We shouldn’t hesitate to lovingly share Scripture with others for healing, encouragement and support, because we are sharing His powerful words. We need to be sure what we share with another is not used to condemn but to build up and encourage.
I don't know if my friend was or will be receptive to God's powerful words. But I know that God's words give miraculous, supernatural life to any receptive heart, and I know that God wants us to share His Word as a beacon of light in a dark and discouraging world, to help people find life.
- Do you have a verse or verses memorized and ready to use to encourage another?
- Choose a passage to spend time meditating on that speaks to your personal need.