July 28, 2019: SOAP #3524:  Isaiah 53-56; 2Peter 2R Scripture:  Isaiah (NIV) 55:10 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, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is […]

July 28, 2019: SOAP #3524: Isaiah 53-56; 2Peter 2R

Scripture:  Isaiah (NIV) 55:10 As the rain and the snowcome down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth andmaking it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread forthe eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return tome empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which Isent it.

Observation:   What awonderful cycle God put into creation. The rain and snow gather in the storm clouds and fall upon the earth.  Then they return to the sky inevaporation.  But before returning to theclouds, the life-giving moisture enables the plants to grow and producefood.  Producing life is an intended partof the cycle. 

And so it is with God's Spoken Word. Producing life, bringing growth, correcting, warning, teaching,encouraging, training…all part of the intended cycle of God's Word.  It goes forth with purpose!  It goes forth with power!  It goes forth with an assignment toaccomplish God's will!  It goes forth asa part of God's overall plan!   

No wonder to each church in Revelation 3 and 4, we are told 'Whoever has ears,let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

Application:   I amfinding that the more faithful I am in reading God's written word, the more clearlyI hear God's spoken word!  In reading, Iam learning to listen.  My hearing ismore acute.  God's spoken word to menever crosses His written word.  Often Ifind that what God is saying to me, is written on the pages of the Bible.  Sometimes pondering the written word starts athought process that leads me to know what God is saying to me.  Sometimes what I read prepares me torecognize His spoken word that comes later. 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for your writtenWord!  AND thank you that you are stillspeaking.  Help me be a good reader andgood listener. Amen

Pastor Leon
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