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.
Ever feel like you’re not being as effective as you’d like to be in God’s service? Like your meager evangelistic efforts are falling flat? Like you’re pretty sure God picked the wrong person to do this thing?
Don’t panic (because God doesn’t). The above verse from Isaiah tells us that God’s word always hits the intended target. In other words, He’s not random. While we may be bumbling around, God still uses us to do his purposeful work. This verse holds a promise, too, like so many wonderful ones embedded in scripture. We can grab onto these promises when we feel less than victorious. The promise here is, “My word never fails to accomplish my mission.” So put it out there!
As I write this, I recall a couple of seed-planting opportunities I received and acted on, yet I have no idea if any impact ever resulted. One situation occurred at a Christmas work party where the company was definitely mixed (believers and non-believers). I know of at least two believers anyway, my husband and me. The rest…well, let’s just say that after I gave my testimony in response to their questions about my vision loss, I understood what Ralphie (from The Christmas Story ) meant when he said, “They looked at me as if I had lobsters crawling out of my ears.” It went over that well!
Time to remember the promises. God’s Word doesn’t return void. And this one found in Philippians 1:6: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Now this passage gives assurance when we feel stalled on the journey—a common place for me to be. Maybe you feel stronger, but I don’t know…the world drains us daily if we don’t stay connected to God’s Word and His promises.
Promises like these sustain us during trial times.They nourish us during dry times; and they calm us during “What just happened?” times.That is to say, all of life! Plus, they come with a 100% guarantee. After all…God is not human that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).
Finally, as we attempt to place one shaky foot in front of the other, let us be reminded of our ultimate goal. Hebrews 10:36 sums it up this way: “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”
There’s no better motivation than that!