Tuesday, April 16, 2013

i don't understand.

I am a person of understanding. I thrive on that which is rational and I like clear, concise answers. I need to understand the meaning and purpose beyond actions and directives. This is my nature.

Newsflash: there are things in life I will never understand. I am not God. If I could understand His mind, would that really be a good thing? Would that translate into an all-powerful God worthy of my worship? Not exactly.

So now, cue His word. I have been camped out in Isaiah 55 for some time now and I find myself getting both excited and absolutely free each time I re-read the verses.

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.” 
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 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,
11 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.

12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”

Did you take note of the highlighted sections? Did you see that God's word will not return empty and that it will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purchases for which He sent it? We do not have to worry and we can cease striving. We may not understand His ways or comprehend His thoughts, but He is faithful. He will come through. His purposes will be accomplished. 

Dear friends and family, I am praying this scripture over you -- that you might be encouraged, strengthened, and free to rest secure that His promises will not return void.


elisa said...

Amen, sistah! His Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path that is otherwise surrounded by the darkness of sin. Much love and let's hear it once again for the awesomeness of Jesus and His Love for us that shines Light into every corner of darkness!!!! Praise Jesus!
i love you, cheeches

elisa said...

p.s. how much do you love the verse about the "trees clapping"????
So Clive Staplesish!

RL said...

E - YES!!! i love the verse about the trees clapping. you are soooo right. it is SO very clive stapleish. and you know how much i appreciate you referring to my main literary man by his proper name.