Isaiah 55:10,11 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, 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.
The rains have been plentiful this spring. Ditches fill up with the overflow and spill out into the roadways. Yesterday I saw a field that appeared more as a lake than ground ready for planting. If there had been much wind at all I think trees would have fallen in mass as their roots could not hold to the over saturated earth. So what is the purpose of such a watering? What are the benefits of the spring rain?
Seeds lie dormant in the ground after the cold freezing winter. Even after winter thaws, the ground holds on to its frigid temperature for quite some time. But wait. Here comes the rain. I’ve no doubt that if I were standing out in the downpour it would feel sincerely cold but to the seed lying within the earth it is a blanket of warmth. The tiny seed is not only nourished by the rains but heated and stirred to activity by the warmth it provides. It begins to sprout, then bud, and finally flourish.
There is great benefit in remembering that the watering is up to God. I must be faithful to read His Word but He has promised that it is like the spring rains and it will produce results. If I read and open my heart to its watering, I will begin to bud into the disciple that God wants me to be. Ultimately the goal would be a beautiful bloom and great fruitfulness to the glory of God.
So…today, are you letting the downpour from God’s Word produce results in your life? Is it stirring your cooled heart to fresh new heights? Pray. Read. Feel the nourishment and warmth it provides.
Holy Father, I am far from where I need to be. I need a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Rain down on me so that I may be all you have for me. In Jesus name….Amen.