(Thanks to Tim Klink, of Prison Discipleship Ministry, for writing today’s message)
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Rain and snow comes down from the sky and never goes back up without accomplishing what it was meant to do. The water soaks into the ground, watering plants, grass, trees, and yes, even weeds as it is pulled downward into the earth by gravity. It moves through the underground which helps filter it. Eventually, the water makes its way to streams, rivers, and eventually into the ocean, giving life to all kinds of marine beings, underwater plants, and even bugs like mosquitos. Once the rain water has passed through all of those areas, and has finally reached the ocean, the sun heats it up and draws it back into the heavens forming clouds where it all begins again.
Did the rain that God sent upon the earth accomplish what He intended it to do? Absolutely.
Every book is written with a purpose in mind by the author. Some are written just for fun. Others are written to teach something that will help others accomplish something. The books that God has allowed me to write were written with the purpose of pointing others to God's Word when challenges and difficulties arise in the life of the reader. My books, just like every other book ever written, will have a time of usefulness for that generation, and then they will fade away in the back of some library, forgotten and covered with dust.
Why? It is because the words written on its pages were just that; words. What makes the Bible different from all other books is that it is alive and meaningful to all people in all generations. When God's Word is received it touches the very soul of man with the heart of God. God's Word is powerful because its Author is all-powerful. God's Word is sufficient because God is all-sufficient. God's Word is eternal because God is eternal.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”