Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 16, 2017
By Tripp Prince
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, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:10-12
In recent years, my young children have come to realize that promises are a big deal.
I can tell them directly and explicitly all sorts of things, such as “I’ll be home by 5 o’clock,” “We’ll go to the library this weekend,” or “You can have dessert if you eat your vegetables.” Yet these statements never seem to give them the confidence and assurance that they are seeking. To each of these questions and countless more, I’m confronted with a familiar question, “Do you promise, Daddy?”
I think my children’s desire for a promise is rooted in their deep desire for assurance that what I’ve said will, in fact, come true.
Throughout the Bible we encounter the promises of God, words that have offered comfort, hope, and peace to countless people throughout all of human history. We are told that the Lord will bless his people and through them bring his blessings to the entire world (Gen. 12:2). We are reminded that the Lord is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). And we know that the Lord will never leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6).
Yet what we often find in Scripture, such as this passage from Isaiah, is our need for the Lord to reassure us of his faithfulness to the promises he has made. Especially in a world that so often suffers under the crippling weight of injustice, at times it is hard to see the hand of God at work in our midst. We, like my young children, look around us and say, “Lord, do you promise?”
When we are invited to have a child-like faith, part of that invitation is to trust in the goodness and love of God just as a child trusts the love and care of their mother or father. When God promises to lead his children into joy and peace, he does so as a loving father who delights to give good gifts to his children (Mt. 7:11). And as our creator and sustainer, the one in whom we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28), we trust that he is strong enough and powerful enough to bring about that which he commands. Even when we don’t understand, even if we aren’t sure how he is going to bring good out of so much pain and tragedy, we must take heart and remember that the word of the Lord never returns empty and always achieves its purpose.
“You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed” (Josh. 23:14).
PrayerFather, renew in us today our trust in your strength and your faithfulness to the promises you make to your people.
ApplicationTake time to meditate on the ‘related readings’ for this devotional, all of which remind us of the promises of God to us, his sons and daughters.
Related ReadingIsaiah 49:25; Matthew 6:31-34; Luke 18:27; Philippians 4:19; 1 John 2:25
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