Prayer: Lead us, O God, through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
Let them fly!
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty,
Fishing and preaching are similar? I had to think about that for a while. Our devotion writer tells us; “Jesus recognized this when he sent his disciples out to fish for people. The job of a preacher is to speak the Word of truth, trusting in God who is at work in this Word.” He is a fisher of men. He speaks the Word like a lure to catch people’s attention so they will listen.
As Christians, when we speak, we too send out a message. Also, we send a message through our actions. What messages are we sending? The message may not be what others want to hear, but we need to say it with love and trust that God will act through it. “Like the rain and snow that come down from heaven and don’t return until they have watered the earth” (v. 10). So our words and actions share the love of God and God works though those actions and words to call others who may hear the truth for the first time.
Our devotion writer writes; “At times words are not enough. The pastor meeting with the parents of a seventeen-year-old girl who had just died knew he could not bring her back. What had he to give? He could listen. He could cry with them. He could speak of God’s love in Jesus Christ, trusting that this Word would not be in vain.”
Prayer: “Merciful God, give me the courage to speak your Word in difficult times. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 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 succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
12 For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.