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… (Isaiah 55)

In order to walk together with God, we have to learn to harmonize with God's ways and God's thoughts.  However, there's a measureless gap between God's ways and thoughts and ours. But praise God, for He provides the solution in His Word.

Let’s continue with Isaiah 55, the picture that God gives of rain and snow. We need to see that God's Word can come in either way. It can come as rain or it can come as snow. Now rain immediately soaks into the earth, waters it, starts to make it fruitful. But snow lies on the hard surface of the earth and does not immediately do anything for it. In fact, the temperature has to change. The sun has to come into operation in order to melt the snow and make the earth capable of receiving it, but then they tell us that snow melted is even more beneficial for the earth than ordinary rain.

Well, God's Word is like that. Sometimes it comes as rain and we can receive it immediately. It comes right into our heart. Sometimes it seems very hard and difficult to receive. The disciple said to Jesus at one point, "This is a hard saying; who can receive it?"

Well, that's snow. And I want to give you a word of counsel. When God's Word comes as snow into your life, don't reject it, just let it lie on your heart and wait for the sun of God's love and grace to arise and melt it, and then your heart will be able to receive it. So, sometimes it comes as rain; sometimes it comes as snow, but always, if we respond aright, it ultimately brings God's ways and thoughts down to us.

Lord, I recognize that sometimes, when I read your Word, I cannot get it right away. Nevertheless, I put it in my heart and decide to never reject your Word so that I do not sin against You, but Your Word will in the long term have its strength and effect in my life. Amen.

 

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