Joy: Day 2

10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens
      and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
      producing seed for the farmer
      and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word.
      I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
      and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Isaiah 55:10-11

Isaiah 55:6-13 is a powerful passage which culminates in verses 12 and 13 where the prophet Isaiah admonishes his listeners how to experience joy and peace. Verses 6-9 of Isaiah 55 showed that our health journey to joy begins with seeking God and repenting. Today we are examining the next two verses in that same chapter and realizing that besides seeking and repenting you also need to:

Allow His Word to work in you (vv. 10-11).

Look at how Isaiah describes the work of God’s Word in our lives. He describes it as the rain and snow which come down upon planted grain and ultimately is made into bread. Isaiah is saying that God’s Word produces and prospers those who allow him to work in their hearts.

This is one of the main reasons that we RetroFit gives devotionals to accompany you on your health journey, and the reason each days’ devotional is based on a passage of scripture.

Our passage today demonstrates to us exactly why spending time in God's Word is so crucial to the Christian life. Just like a seed is buried, grows in the earth and the plant is nurtured by the rains, when we dwell in God's Word we can live the physical, spiritual and emotionally healthy life.  This passage can be broken into four sections:

1. God’s Word is sent.

That His Word is sent is the first thing we must recognize. God speaks to us because he loves us, and His Word is for our benefit. His Word comes to us with purpose.

2. God’s Word produces fruit.

God's word always produces fruit. If we take the time to allow God's Word to work within us it produces fruit. Realize the more I nurture God's Word in my life, the more it works through me and produces significant change. Just as the more I work in my garden, the greater my garden will produce.

3. God’s Word accomplishes its’ purpose.

God's Word accomplishes that which God intends. That is not to say that we can't thwart God's work within us by rebelling, but when we allow God's Word to dwell in us; it takes root, produces, and accomplishes much. All God's Word needs is a willing life that is also a fertile life.

4. God’s Word prospers.

Allow the Bible to work within you, to produce fruit, to accomplish transformation and to prosper your life. Sermons are great and can be very helpful, but they cannot take the place of your own time spent in the Bible.