Isaiah 55: 10-11 (NIV)
10 “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, 11 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.”
It is the LORD who speaks through the prophet. We know this from the preceding two verses:
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
The poetic imagery of verse 10 is gentle, not harsh. It infers a blessing, an encouragement. It is in this context that God’s word has gone “out from (his) mouth” to a people enduring exile in Babylon. His word “goes out” for a purpose; whatever purpose is behind the issuing of God’s word will be fulfilled.
The word of God can be a messenger which, according to Scripture, can carry and deliver the word. More often it is a command; it brings into being what is not yet, what does not already exist. We find many examples in the Psalms. Referring to people who became fools through their rebellious ways (Psalm 107: 17), the psalmist has declared (verse 20), “He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.” Referring to Pharaoh’s obstinacy in the face of plagues (Psalm 105), the psalmist has declared of God (verse 31), “He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats throughout their country,” and (verse 34), “He spoke, and the locusts came, grasshoppers without number.”
We have learned of God’s speaking the created universe into being (Psalm 33: 6): “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” His promises are commands (Psalm 105: 8): “He remembers his covenant for ever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations.”
Regardless of our own public or personal situations, we must today claim God’s word. We must stand on it as the sure and certain promise that it has been across generations. We must pray, too, that God’s word will accomplish what he desires, especially for our Parliament and for our nation.
Lord, achieve your purposes, including through me. Thy will be done. Amen.