As we head into the teeth of winter, rain and snow are regular features of the forecast. I don’t know about you, but that usually doesn’t bring a smile to my face! But, as I was reading in the Book of Isaiah, it has given me a new perspective on how God thinks about water falling from the sky.
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
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Things to think about:
· Whenever I think about elements of nature that don’t suit my fancy, I’m always convicted by the realization that God, in His infinite wisdom, deemed it useful for His purposes.
o It’s hot, it’s cold, it’s wet, it’s dry. It’s His creation, my oh my!
o OK, that was really lame but seriously, who am I to criticize the Creator???
· Clearly, the rain and snow have a crucial role in irrigating the Earth.
o In our verse, it says they do not return to Heaven without first accomplishing their purpose to “water the earth and make it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater.”
· There is a cyclical process He architected. That is incredible to think about by itself: Vital to His grand design was the process of precipitation, irrigation, and evaporation that all work in harmony
o Without this process, there would be no food!
· There are two primary beneficiaries – the sower and the eater
o Sometimes we are the ones who sow the seed of His Word
o At other times, we are the ones who get nourished by the hands of those who sowed beforehand
o Can you think of a time when either God gave you the right words to say or perhaps when you heard just what you needed at that moment?
· We are told that God’s Word does not return empty
o That is amazingly comforting to know. It’s not the quality of the sower but of the seed itself
o Even when it feels like the world has closed its ears
· Like the rain and snow, we are here for a season and then will go to our home in Heaven
o May it be said of each of us that we achieved the purpose for which God sent us!
The next time you see the rain or snow, just think about our passage today. It is a powerful visual reminder God has given us of the nourishing power of His Word.