God’s Word Doesn’t Get Old
In our August Scripture Writing Plan, we are studying Genesis. These first several days has been slowly walking through the majesty and amazing work of God creating the everything in the universe.
I must confess something, however.
Although I did create this study, I wasn’t exactly excited about it. I have studied Genesis too many times to count. I thought I would just breeze through the first few chapters and not really spend much time in it or get much out of it. Boy, was I wrong. I have spent more time digging into this first chapter than I ever have and have come away learning much more than I ever imagined.
How arrogant it is to think that I might be “bored” in studying God’s Word. One would think that someone who has been studying the Bible for several years wouldn’t be surprised to realize that there is more to be learned even having studied the same passage a hundred times. How foolish to forget Isaiah 55 when God says His Word will not return empty.
I read Isaiah 55 today thinking of what I am writing here. Considering how I thought I might be “bored” with this topic, brought to life this passage in Isaiah 55:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:8-11)
How fitting that this passage is comparing how God’s Word “waters our souls” and causes it to “bear and sprout.” The grass gets the same old rain year after year. From a human standpoint, the redundancy of the same rain might seem boring. But this rain is what the grass was created to be nourished by just as our souls are created to be nourished by God’s Word (Matthew 4:4). We may think we will be “bored” of God’s Word but when we drink of it and truly savor it, we begin to understand its nourishing quality and become enlivened by it.
In reading Isaiah 55 today, the last two verses also jumped out as being perfectly suited for what I was thinking about today.
“For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
“Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,
And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,
And it will be a memorial to the Lord,
For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.” (Isaiah 55:12-13)
This is a beautiful description of being enlivened by God’s Word. When we hear it and it moistens the hard soil of our hearts, God “renews our minds” and molds our worldview into something completely different.
We have true joy and true peace. We see God’s handiwork in all of nature and we rejoice. When we experience pain and suffering we see God’s hand comforting, encouraging, and sanctifying us. We learn to cling to God’s Word as our lighthouse, our homing beacon, our guide in understanding who God is and this life.
I love the last line of that chapter, “an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.” What a blessed reminder! God’s Word continuously renewing our minds and enlivening our souls is a reminder, a sign of God’s eternality and His promise to never “cut us off.” It is also a reminder that no matter how much the world may try to destroy and discredit God’s Word, “the Word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25).
My friend Kimberly Cummings with Women’s Hope Project, wrote a great article this week that addresses much of what I shared here but from a different perspective. I highly recommend you check out her article, “Feeling Dry? Four Simple Solutions to Spiritual Drought.”
Remember, God’s Word is alive, it is sharp, it is relevant, it is eternal, and it will enliven and renew our spirits. God’s Word is what nourishes the Christian’s soul.