Monday, July 10, 2017

Isaiah 55:10-13 God's Word is Alive and Active

KEY TEXT: Isaiah 55:10-11 "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."

KEY THOT: God's Word is alive. It's like the rain and snow that fall down from heaven to water the earth, causing seeds to germinate and bear fruit, blessing both the sower and and the eater. In Hebrews 4:12, we read that God's word is also active: it is "living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). God's word not only sustains life--it also transforms life. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and will divide soul and spirit, joints and marrows and thoughts and intentions of the heart. When God's word is read and applied, it transforms us by helping us divide and discern our inner motivations so we may align with God's will.

Like water, we need to imbibe God's word every day. Humans cannot normally survive without water for more than three days. So, it is with God's word. If we read it only occasionally, our spirit will become parched and will die from lack of living water which is the Word of God. That is why Jesus even compares the God's Word with physical sustenance: "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). Whether as water or bread, God's word is our daily spiritual sustenance. When we read it daily, we are feeding on God's life as our spiritual water and bread.

We feed our body daily--sometime two or three times a day. We drink continually throughout the day to keep our bodies hydrated. We also feed our mind daily with knowledge from books and tablets in order to keep it active and alive. But do we pay that same attention to keeping our spirit active and alive? And there is only one way to do it--feeding on God's word daily.

Abba-Father, give us a hunger and thirst for Your living Word, so that our spirit may prosper even as our soul and body prosper. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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