"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 . . ."
I have had several conversations lately with my hunting partner; we both have returned from sitting over our food plots and realized -- we need some rain. Last night, I talked to my Mom and Dad and they said they were getting mixed precipitation -- rain and snow. The rain in Maine is for the future, the rain in Georgia is for today.
This morning, Isaiah reminded me that God always sends precipitation with a purpose in mind, it sets up a cycle of providing seed for the future and bread for the present. Continuing on, Isaiah draws this analogy, "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."
Today, I will lead a staff devotion, speak at our midweek service, and provide counsel for several others. The common thread of all these conversations will be the Word of God. I will keep Isaiah's analogy in mind and ask, "Is this precipitation of God's Word setting up a cycle for future seed or providing bread for the present?"