Today’s Scripture: 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. Isaiah¬†55:10-11

We may not always be enthralled by the downpours we receive each year. We tend to focus on the mud, the traffic, and sometimes the flooding. However, rain isn’t just a nuisance; it is also a great benefit.

We have a saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” It’s a necessary ingredient for the plant life to grow and bud providing food for us and all the animals. Without rain, the world as we know it could not exist. We are told that God gives rain to both the just and the unjust (Matthew¬†5:45). He provides the rain, and it accomplishes His will apart from us.

Just as God told the children of Israel that the rain has a purpose, He tells us that His Word has a purpose. His Word will not return void but will accomplish what He wants. Whether or not we agree will not change the outcome. When God makes a promise, it will come to pass. No matter how hard we fight against Him, His Word is true.

For example, God promised the land to Israel forever. No matter how many people wish to wipe Israel from the face of the Earth, they have a promise from God that will be accomplished. We have the promise of eternal life if we accept His payment for our sins. Nothing can make God’s Word vain-not even our sin or unbelief.

However, God has also given warnings. These will not return void either. Just as Israel was judged for disobedience, we will also suffer the consequences when we go against Him. Let’s learn to take God’s Word for what it says and live by it. Thank the Lord for His promises and take heed to His warnings because they are not empty words.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder