For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11 ESV
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11 ESV
The State of Washington, in the northwest of the United States, has some interesting weather. The Cascade Mountains divide the state into two parts, and the western part has a lot of rain, but the eastern side of the mountains doesn’t have much rain at all. Farmers in Western Washington depend on the rain for their crops most of the time. Even though the western part of the state gets a lot of rain, it is usually very dry and sunny in July and August, and often in the summer water for the crops is taken from the rivers in Western Washington. People who live on the west side know, through their long rainy winters, that it is important for a lot of snow to fall in the Cascade Mountains. The snowpack in the mountains will melt in the spring and flow down to the west in rivers, and if there isn’t enough snow in the mountains during the winter, there might not be enough water in the rivers to water dry and thirsty crops in the summer.
God spoke through the prophet Isaiah and said that his word was like the rain and snow he sends down to water the earth so that crops will grow and people have food to eat. God also sends his word down to people so that they hear it, and the Lord says that whenever he sends his word, it will do what he wants it to do. It won’t just return back to him without doing anything, like rain falling on a pavement and evaporating back into the air without giving water to any plants or animals or people. Sometimes people hear God’s word and don’t listen or turn to God, but God is still working through his word to warn them and call them to come to him.
God spoke through prophets like Isaiah, and at last he sent Jesus, his own Son. Jesus came to bring all people back to God, their Heavenly Father. He died on the cross to pay for the sins of the world, and calls all people to trust in him and forgiveness he won for them. Not everyone believes in Jesus, but his word still goes out to warn them about their sins and to call them to come to him. God sends his Holy Spirit to speak to people through his word, and he sends his people to take his word to every part of the world, so that everyone can hear and know what God has done for them through Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending us your word that warns us about our sins and tells us about the forgiveness Jesus won for us. In His Name, Amen.