Friday, February 12, 2016

Isaiah 55:10-13 -- On God's Word and Trees for Weeds

"For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
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.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."
Isaiah 55:10-13

This whole chapter is great, but I really, really love these verses.  God compares his word to the rain, that comes down, waters the earth, and gives life to things.  He says his word will do what he wants it to do.  ... And then, in one of the coolest explanations ever, he tells us what he wants it to do... help us.  Like the rain helps the earth, his word helps us, and brings us joy and peace, and the whole earth and all of nature is helping us and happy for us.  Can you imagine the mountains singing for us, and the trees clapping their hands? :)
The last verse is awesome too.  The symbolism here is almost exactly opposite from when Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden of Eden.  Then, they were told that instead of everything growing spontaneously, they would have to deal with weeds, among other challenges.  Here, instead of weeds we get trees... and since it is an everlasting sign, I think going weed-free is going to be permanent.  And whether all of this is literal or figurative or both... it's amazing.  Because God is all about helping us, even to the extent that the mountains sing and the weeds turn into trees.  That's all us getting to the point, and listening to God's word enough that he can really bless us like he has wanted to all along, pouring out blessings until we're so filled with them that we can't take anymore... and then more come anyway.  That's what he has always wanted for us... if we can only be open to his word and his love, and walk in the way he has lovingly prepared for us.  Today, let's work on opening our hearts and minds to the Lord, and being willing to do something about it.

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