“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
In our area we average about 5 feet of snow each year and over 3 feet of rain, or so I read. Mount Washington averages over 21 feet of snow and over 9 feet of rain. With that much precipitation it is no wonder that I look out my window and see lush green everywhere. Crops are planted and both people and animals are eating well.
According to the verses above, just as precipitation will accomplish what the Lord God Almighty design it to do, so also will His word accomplish want He desires. It will not return to Him empty is illustrative by a person not coming back to Him with empty hands. No, His will is going to be accomplished through His Word and the person will have full hands according to His desires.
You can be sure that just as you plant seeds that a crop will grow to be harvested and so also when you sow the Word of God there will also be a crop to harvest. In I Corinthians 3:5-8 we read “What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.” Isn’t interesting that this passage says that those who plant and water God’s Word will be rewarded, but doesn’t mention the harvester being rewarded. That is because it is God that causes the seed to grow and brings it to the point of being harvested. You and I cannot do that, only God can.
Are you being faithful in planting and watering God’s Word? If so, then God will bring about a harvest in due time. You can be as sure of that as precipitation bringing forth vegetation! Plant…water…trust God to make it grow to harvest!
Dear Father, thank You for me being able to plant and water Your Word and that You will bring forth a harvest according to Your purposes. Oh, be pleased to harvest greatly in this area of Your fields!