“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.”
Dear believers in Christ, Baptized of God, We are so blessed to have God’s Word. And it is so important that we continue in it.
The Word brings knowledge that all our sins are completely forgiven in Christ, and that heaven is ours through simple childlike faith in Christ. The Word is a lamp unto our feet, a light unto our path, that shines brighter than any darkness. It is the source of strength and comfort in the midst of many trials and tribulations, especially when there is nothing else to cling to. Most of all, it has the power to save our soul, and it has, and it will. “Receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.” “These are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name.”
Unfortunately, the Devil, the world, and our flesh continue to work against faith in the Word. The devil lies by saying the Word can be placed below human reason and intelligence. The world continues to discard it for the cares and riches of this life. The sinful flesh wants to doubt it’s power.
We need God’s Word for strength and protection. And God promises, it will prosper in us. It will succeed. He will continue to uphold and keep us by the power of that Word. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.”
More than ever, we need God’s Word. Our world, our country, our churches – need God’s Word.
More and more people are turning their backs on it, saying that it’s more important for us to do what feels right, regardless of what God says. “Come on people, you’ve got to get with the times, and not take the Bible so seriously and literally. You old fashioned people need to get on the right side of history”, we’re told, regarding gay marriage. And really, regarding any sin, “if it feels good, then how can it be wrong? We should be free to do what we please.”
But is it freedom when the devil snatches God’s Word away, and people are left to wonder what will happen to them after this life? Is it freedom when lust and fantasy destroy Scriptural marriages? Is it freedom when revenge burns bridges that are never repaired? Is it freedom when children end up bearing the burden of twisted views of right and wrong?
God help us. God have mercy on us. Help our nation to repent, help our people to return to your Word. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”
We need God’s Word. We need it’s guidance and strength. Because it’s so easy to become discouraged and think “it’s no use. I don’t see results. I don’t see people changing. Often, I don’t even see much change in myself. So let’s just forget the whole thing.”
But those are the devil’s lies. The truth is that God’s Word does produce results. He promises, it will prosper in the thing whereto He sent it, and it will not return to Him void. That is because it is not just words. Jesus says, “My words are spirit, and they are life.”
The devil seeks to take life away, by taking God’s Word away. But what he doesn’t want anyone to know is that he has already been defeated. Jesus has already taken to the cross even the greatest of sins, and rescued even the greatest of sinners. And so on what basis can the devil condemn us? “He that believeth on Him (Jesus) is not condemned.”
It may seem like we are so few believers here, clinging to this Word, that is viewed as so outdated and old fashioned. And so our efforts in sharing that Word can seem so small or even meaningless.
But God promises His Word will not return unto Him void. It will continue to produce results. It will continue to produce fruit. It will continue to accomplish what He pleases. It will continue to keep us in the one true and saving faith. And it will continue to bring others to the same repentance and faith in Christ.
So when we don’t always see the results, we can know that they are there. We can take comfort in knowing God continues to work through the Word.
With God’s Word, there is hope and healing even when it has been previously discarded. Because “It shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
When Nathan came to confront David with his sin of adultery, God’s Word prospered. It accomplished it’s purpose. David repented and sought refuge in God’s Word. Where people are broken, and hurting, after realizing their sin, like David, God does forgive. He does not condemn. He comes with words of healing and forgiveness. “For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
We need to hear this on a regular basis. We need to hear how God pardoned the sin of the whole world through His son who suffered and died for us. We need to hear how Christ rose again and promises that we too will rise. We need to hear how His heart yearns for our salvation, and how there is joy in heaven over every single sinner who repents and believes the Gospel. We need to hear how Christ will receive anyone who comes to Him, no matter how dark his past has been. We need to hear how the thief on the cross repented, was forgiven, and entered paradise, all in the same day. Our sins are no less than his, yet God has forgiven us too for the sake of His Son who suffered and died for us, and rose again. How would we know these things, without God’s Word?
Like a farmer who almost seems reckless, casting his seed everywhere, God continues to graciously send His Word everywhere. And there will continue to be fruit. “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.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.