Every Rain Has a Purpose
Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 53-56; 2 Peter 2
Today’s Key Passage – Isaiah 55:8-11
July in Texas usually means two things. It is going to be hot, and it is going to be dry, and this summer is no exception. In fact, for the life of me I cannot remember the last time it rained, which is usually the way it works. See, I love a rainy day, but when the rains stop and the sun comes back out the water quickly fades away and we forget it was even there. The evaporation process, especially in the heat of a Texas summer, is extraordinarily fast. One thing we can always be sure of, though, is that before the rains evaporate they are going to perform their purpose. They will always nourish the land.
In today’s key passage, we are reminded of the similarities between God’s Word and the rain. Through the prophet Isaiah, God says, “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.” (Vss. 10-11) Just as the rains always nourish the land, God’s Word will always accomplish His purpose. It will never return to Him void.
So what does this mean to us practically? It means that every time God’s Word (The Bible) is preached, heard, or read, it is accomplishing His purpose. What we have to keep in mind, however, is that we might not always know or understand what that purpose is at the time. Sometimes His purpose might be to draw someone closer to Him while other times that might not be the case. Sometimes His purpose might be to teach us something, and other times it might be to correct us. There will be times when He will give us more faith, and other times when He will convict us of our sins. We will never know what His purpose might be, but we do always know that He has one. When we get into trouble is when we think we know what His purpose “should” be and decide that anything less is unacceptable. For example, when we speak the Word to an unbeliever and they fail to accept Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, we might feel like a failure because we wrongly believe we did not fulfill God’s purpose. In reality, though, God alone decides the purpose for that conversation, and simply by taking part in it, you have succeeded! Do not waste time trying to figure out His purposes, as he reminds us when He says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”. (Vs. 8) Instead, rest in the comfort of knowing that God’s Word always achieves His purpose, and be thankful for the opportunity to help advance His Kingdom.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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