So that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater…
We continue a bit with Isaiah 55. The Lord continues to say that it will produce two different products ‑ bread for ourselves, seed for others. Bread is what we need to eat for our own strength and health, but the seed is that which is left over to give forth for others, and God's Word will produce both in our lives; bread and seed.
Now I want to speak about the ongoing results that are produced in our experience when we receive God's Word as rain and snow and let it do its work in our hearts and minds. We are, through it, receiving God's ways and God's thoughts. These are some of the beautiful results that it will produce: in verse 12, God says: "You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, all the trees of the field will clap their hands." What beautiful language that is. Let's analyze what God is promising us. First of all, He's promising us joy ‑ "You will go out in joy." We might understand this that we ‘go ‘out’ of every difficult situation, every hurtful past ‘with joy’. Please note it says ‘You will go out’ It is a decision you’ll have to make.
Secondly, He's promising us peace ‑ "You will be led forth in peace." And third, He's promising us spontaneous exuberant praise ‑ "The mountains, the hills will start to sing; the trees will clap their hands." So those are three results of God's Word bringing His ways and His thoughts down into our hearts and minds ‑ joy, peace and praise.
Thank you, Father, indeed, no difficulty or bad experience can resist the healing power of your Word. I receive the restoration of joy that is worked out by Your wonderful Word in my life. By Your word I realize: Lord, I belong to you! And the whole creation brings You honour! Amen.
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