By Pastor Tyrell Haag
Isaiah 55:10-11 talks about the Word of God, 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 (NIV).
The first thing you can learn about the Word of God in these verses, is that it is a span from heaven to earth, secondly that it is a seed of life and thirdly, that it is sovereign and triumphant. The three S's - Span, the Seed and Sovereign.
The Word of God is a span from heaven to earth. In verse 9 God stresses the distance between heaven and earth to show us how hopeless our separation from God is, but in verse 10 He opens the door of hope. Even though the heavens are high above the earth, it comes down to earth. Heaven does not always stand apart from the earth with brilliant, distant, unobtainable glory. Sometimes it grows soft with clouds, it draws near, it covers the blinding glory of the sun and stoops towards the earth.
Verse 11 tells us that God is this way. He doesn't stand aloof in His distance, His heart grows warm and tender. He draws near with clouds full of compassion for sinners and He spans the infinite separation between heaven and earth. The word of God is a span from heaven to earth. Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, is the all-sufficient span between heaven and earth.
When you read these two verses, God wants you to believe with all your heart that His Word is a seed of life. When He draws near to you in His Word, He wants you to feel the way your brown backyard would feel when the rain falls on it. He wants you to feel that change that happens. God wants His Word to be read with joy, hope and satisfaction.
Finally, the Word of God is sovereign and triumphant. Verse 11 says, It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. This promises that the Word of God is sovereign. It guarantees that his Word is a span between heaven and earth. It will not collapse half way. It guarantees that it is a seed of life that will never die.
This is a confident hope that you can have. It is a definite hope and God is sovereignly secure that His Word will accomplish everything He has purposed it to, because God is sovereign.
Isaiah 40:8 (NIV) states: The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.