A Word about the Word

Jeff Munroe

Read: Isaiah 55

My word . . . shall not return unto me void. (v. 11 KJV)

Henry Bast, one of Words of Hope’s early broadcast ministers and professor of preaching at Western Theological Seminary, told his students to preach the great texts, because then at least the people would get something. His point is not lost on me: Isaiah 55 is a great text, and I want to get out of its way.

Although I will rattle on for a couple more paragraphs, all you need to do today is read Isaiah 55 and let it sink into you.

There is so much here: the invitation to enjoy God’s abundance; the idea that God’s love extends beyond Israel; the call to seek the Lord while he may be found; and the reminder that God’s ways are not our ways (echoing what we’ve already seen in both Job 38 and Isaiah 40). Yet what I am particularly drawn to are Isaiah’s words about the Word in verse 11.

The Word of God is dynamic and active. It created the world and governs history. It never fails to accomplish what it intends to accomplish and never comes back empty. In fact, in Hebrew there is no distinction between “word” and the thing itself—the Hebrew word davar means both “word” and “thing.” Words then are of the utmost importance. Unlike people, who say one thing and do another, there is no distinction between what God says and what God does. His voice and his deeds are in a sense the same thing: what God says is what is done. —Jeff Munroe

As you pray, luxuriate in this passage and experience the power of

God’s Word.