Day 23 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltiness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.” – Matthew 5:13 Additional reading: Galatians...
“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven.”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1
When we follow God’s plan, things work. When we don’t, things fall apart. Let’s talk about David. When David was a young boy, he was anointed to be King of Israel. God had chosen him and his future was pretty clear. David then made a series of decisions that didn’t align with God’s will. (Read Samuel and Kings). As a result, David’s future was riddled with many consequences for his poor choices. Once again, David had the desire, but he didn’t yield to God’s plan.
It’s important to remember that God’s Word does work. In Isaiah 55:8-11 the word void means “empty.” The remainder of verse 11 explains what it means to “not return void,” saying that God’s Word “will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” When God says that His Word will not return void, we can know that He has an intention for His Word. God’s Word is from above. He “breathed out” His words to us and they were recorded in the Bible. Every word He gave humanity is purposeful and was given for a reason.
“It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]; the flesh conveys no benefit whatever [there is no profit in it]. The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life.”
— John 6:63 (AMPC)
Like the rain and snow, God’s words bring forth life and produce good fruit in our lives. Through His Word, we know that God loves us and that Jesus died to free us from sin and death; we also learn how to live in light of those truths. When God says that His Word will not return to Him void, we understand that God is sovereign. The promise is that God’s Word will accomplish what He wants it to, not necessarily what we want it to. We may share the Word with the purpose of changing someone’s mind—and the person’s mind doesn’t change. Was God’s Word void? No, but our personal goals may have been different from God’s. God’s timing in our lives comes in seasons.
“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under Heaven.”
— Ecclesiastes 3:1 (AMPC)
This lets us know that we don’t all live in the same season at the same time. You should never be jealous of someone who is enjoying their harvest while you’re still in the planting season. Remember, they had to go through a season of planting just as you do. Seeing the results they are enjoying should be an encouragement to you. Understand and trust that God is doing the very best for you in your present season.
Seed time represents learning the will of God. Each time we choose God’s will instead of our own, we’re planting a good seed that will eventually bring a harvest in our lives. If you want to be victorious, you cannot afford to get pulled into the world’s system of doing what you feel like doing. You have to wait on God’s timing so that He can fulfill all that He has promised.
Love and Nuggs,