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,
(As the rains that come from God serve His purposes on the earth
and minister needed nourishment to seeds and plants,
they are a picture of the Lord's work in our lives.
He rains down His work and decrees over our lives
to bring forth the harvest of all that He has purposed in us
and intends to grow in us.)
so is My Word that goes out from My Mouth:
(God interacts with us His people through the Word of His Mouth,
ministering to us His people.
God actually chooses to talk to us, to communicate with us,
to commune with us, to converse with us!
Even the very elements of creation,
even the natural rains and sunlight and plantings and harvests
reflect the picture of the Lord's interactions with us and work in us.
The seed of God's Word is sown as He speaks it forth,
and He grows His declarations and promises in us.
He causes those pronouncements to mature into a harvest
of His plans and purposes for us in this life,
a harvest of the rich and varied "food" of provision and truth
with which He chooses to nurture and grow us.
Just as the cycle of the seed's growth and maturation
occurs without any involvement or effort on our part,
neither does the power of God's Word depend in any way
on our possible contributions.
Just as the Lord invites us to partake
in the lush bounty and resources the earth offers us,
so also He invites us to receive and partake
of the rich Word that He provides for us.
Just as the seed harvest grows over time
with seasonal elements contributing to its growing process,
so the full harvest of God's Word to us and in us matures over time
with various elements contributing to our growth and development.
God speaks and His Word is independent and omnipotent
and rules sovereign in all our circumstances today.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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