Word of life
The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55:10-11 NLT
When God brought out the Israelites to the Promised Land, they have to trust Him for their provisions. It was a wilderness and in order for them to be sustained they have to live by faith. This is what Isaiah is saying from the text. They had rain that is not of constant flow for it comes by its season. And if the rain does not come, people will starve. God situated His people in a place where faith is all that will matter. Then Isaiah used the analogy of the rain to God’s word. Rain for the people of God in the Promised Land means life and death. Same is true with the Word of God. Life comes from outside of us and the only way we will be benefited is to receive it. Once we receive it and we allow it to saturate us, we will grow and flourish. “I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” (Isaiah 55:11). Previously, Isaiah described how the word of God stands forever. “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8). The message of the gospel is what will keep us alive. It is just like rain that brings forth life and nourishes. God calls us by His word. Jesus is that Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 14). The rain and the snow will come down and will not be wasted for they will accomplish what God had purposed for them to do and this is the same with God’s word, for He never fails.