Sunday, February 12, 2006
Check out these snowdrifts!
In Isaiah 55 God says: "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth ... 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."
A friend of mine, Tom, once commented on this passage. He noted how snow gets everywhere, it even blows into unintended corners. Today, it's covering my cars, bushes, dogs, and more.
This is a great way to illustrate what I was speaking about last time - God in high definition. I promised to answer the question, "How does it come to pass that God becomes more vivid to us, more real to us, than so many other lesser pleasures?"
First, Jesus says that "we must be born again" (John 3). When this happens, the wind of the Spirit will blow in our lives in unexpected ways. His word will reach into corners we didn't expect. This reality appears when we place our trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.
For those who do have their trust in God through Jesus Christ, God becomes "more real" to us as we meditate on his word. We do not necessarily see God clearer as we pray, and not even through the act of reading the Bible. We must combine the two. As we read the Bible, we must pray that truths before us will blanket our lives, like the snow descending and blowing into every corner.
When God's word is combined with a trusting and praying spirit, the result is beautiful. Psalm 1: "Blessed is the man...whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers."
Remember, snow eventually melts. The hard earth becomes soft, and colorful plants spring up.
Posted by Ken at 12:04 PM