so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. - Isaiah 55:11
I don’t know how many times I have heard or read this verse and always thought of it the same way – that God’s Word would bring those to faith who were meant to believe. But today I read it and linked it to another part of the Bible and the Holy Spirit helped me to understand it in a new way. No, probably not a new idea, just new for me. The other verse is from John 1. You know it, where John tells us that Jesus is the very Word of God.
Then it hit me…Jesus (God’s Word) did not return to Him (the Father) until after He had accomplished all that the Father had purposed for Him. He became man, lived a perfect life, suffered and died in our place, rose from the dead to defeat sin, death, and the devil. Only with all of this accomplished did He return to the Father. He ascended and sat at the right hand of God the Father.
This is really powerful. Jesus, God’s Word, accomplished all that was purposed for Him. All that was necessary to save you, me, and every person who ever lived. Talk about a powerful Word.
We pray – Dearest Jesus, thank you for “going out” from the mouth of the Father to accomplish all that was purposed for You, our very salvation and life eternal. Amen.