“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.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)
It can be easy to judge the effectiveness of our work by human standards of “success”. It can be easy to become so caught up in all our doings and activities “in the name of Jesus” that we forget that below and beneath them all is the steady and sovereign work of God. Isaiah reminds us here of the inexorable purposes of God, which mean that we cannot evaluate our activity by any human criterion of fruitfulness, for it is God’s purposes that will be accomplished. Let us pray, then, that we will be used by Him to declare His word in all our saying and doing, and let us serve him in the sure hope that His purposes will not be confounded.