Scripture Reading: Isaiah 55:1-57:13 / Ephesians 2:1-22 / Psalm 110:1-7
“Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day!” As a young boy, I remember saying that as I watched the rainfall outside our kitchen window. I wanted to go outside and play but couldn’t because of the rain. The rain wasn’t my friend but spoiled all of my plans and always disappointed me. Little league baseball games were rained out, picnics were canceled, and Mom wouldn’t let me go outside and build my fort.
It didn’t take me long to find out that our grass really liked the rain and needed to be cut more frequently…another reason why I didn’t like the rain! But after a few years of maturity and experience, I realized rain was a necessity and great blessing. The rain brings needed water for agriculture, animals and all of nature. Parched land longs for a soaking rain and thirsty plants vibrantly respond to a life quickening rain.
The effect of rainfall is significant but God wasn’t simply giving us a lesson in botany or meteorology. Isaiah writes, “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 is my word that goes out from my mouth…” (Isaiah 55:10,11) God’s Word, like rainfall, has a divine purpose to bring transformation in this world and in our lives.
God spoke all things into existence at creation…”And God Said!” The greatest of powers to the smallest cells, aligned themselves at God’s command. Light appeared, the earth was made and man was created…all because God spoke them into being. God didn’t stop speaking after the universe was created; He continued to speak blessings, promises, judgments, covenants, condemnation, and direction to His creation.
Every situation, obstacle and power subjects itself to God’s Word. God declares, “It (My Word) will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (55:11) God does not need to “flex His muscles” but simply speaks and brings all things into the alignment of His will.
The promises of God will be fulfilled and His Word is eternal. No principality or power can alter God’s divine plan or stand against God’s power. What a comfort to know that God has all things under His control! He still speaks peace and promises into our lives. His written Word gives us great hope, strength and assurance. Like the song says, “It’s beginning to rain, hear the voice of our Father. Saying whosoever will come drink of this water.” May God open the floodgates of heaven…Let It Rain!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!