The last couple of weeks Cody and I have been getting up around 5:45 each morning to spend time reading the Word together, and then discussing the things which the Lord has revealed to us. In the beginning this was a big challenge for me because I’m a girl who loves her sleep. However, our kids are early risers so it was/is necessary for us to wake up early enough to spend quality time with Jesus and each other before our mornings get 70x louder!
It’s been pretty special, experiencing the Lord bless our time together while diligently seeking Him. We’ve had some amazing revelations, challenging conversations, and indispensable quality time. All before 7am, and kid-free, mind you!
I want to share with you one of the things the Lord revealed to me this week. Coincidently enough, it can be applied to us individually and in our marriages. In Isaiah 55 there’s a very well-known verse that says this:
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)
God’s Word never returns to Him void. I’ve heard this verse a hundred times, and for the most part I understood it. But I read it again this week, and the Lord spoke something fresh to my heart. Let’s look at the chunk of scripture surrounding it to get the full context, but in a different version:
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
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 shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:10-11 (ESV)
The Lord has made certain promises to me concerning me individually, my family, and my marriage, and I know that He doesn’t go back on His word, and that He keeps and will keep those promises He’s made to me. There have been times, however, more often than not, that certain promises tend to take their dear sweet time in coming to fruition. I won’t lie and say I’ve never questioned nor began to doubt God in those seasons, because I have. I have a tendency to get impatient and want things in my own timing rather than trust the Lord has a plan.
In verse 8 of Isaiah 55 it says the rain and snow come down to water the earth, which then leads to the forming of buds and sprouts, which then leads to seeds for sowing and bread for eating. God compares that picture analogy to His word. It goes out from His mouth, accomplishes what He purposed it to, and is successful. However, there is quite a process, and multiple seasons that come and go, that needs to happen between raining and eating the bread. It’s in those times that the Lord works on us and prepares us for the things He has for us.
The coolest part? When God says His word does not return to Him empty (void or fruitless), and it will accomplish what He purposes it to do, He’s making a promise! He promises to come through on His promises. We just have to trust His process and His timing.
Has the Lord promised you something that you’ve yet to see come to completion?
Maybe it’s the promise that your spouse will come to know Jesus.
Maybe it’s the promise that your marriage will not end in divorce.
Maybe it’s the promise that your marriage will be fulfilling.
Maybe it’s the promise that your marriage will be a godly example to those around you.
Maybe it’s the promise that your best days are ahead of you.
Whatever the promise may be, continue believing and know that it’s coming! While you are eagerly awaiting the fulfillment of whatever He has promised to you, embrace what the Lord is doing in you, your spouse, and you marriage.
God will never give up on you!
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