January 29, 2021 | Dan Low
When it rains, it pours. That’s not always the case here in southern California. Yet when the rain does pour, we feel a blend of amazement and gratitude. At this time of year (with colder temperatures and higher elevations), rain in our neighborhoods translates into snow on the mountains (a welcome sight for snowboarders and skiers!).
Speaking to an audience needing a fresh reminder that God rules supremely, Isaiah envisions both of these elements (55:10-11): “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.”
Just as the rain and the snow graciously provide for our physical needs, the word that God sends to and through us effectively fulfills his good plans. Despite how things may seem, the truth of God always prevails. The word that God speaks never misses the target.
In a day when there is so much confusion about truth, the divisions within our nation as well as within our households have become incredibly taxing – even toxic. Today is a crucial moment for us to remember that God is true (Romans 3:4), that Jesus is the truth (John 14:6), and that the Spirit of truth guides us into all truth (John 16:13). As the pillar and foundation of truth (1 Timothy 3:15), God expects us to mirror reality in what we say and how we live. As we tell and live the truth before others, the world will discover that the God of heaven always does what he says on earth.