“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.” Isaiah 55:10-13
How beautiful is this promise? I’ve been so taken with the book of Isaiah during lockdown, and even though I still read and study other parts of my Bible, I’m drawn back again and again to Isaiah.
This old tree near our house was completely bare of leaves a week ago. Then one morning I noticed one new leaf. Within three days there were a few dozen. Now you can hardly see the branches!
If you feel your life has been stripped bare, I’d encourage you to read Isaiah 55. It’s a call, an invitation from the very heart of God, to ‘come,’ to draw near to Him, to be richly fed by Him. To open the eyes and ears of your heart to His Word and to who He really is, not who you think he is. Even if you have walked with Him for many years, there’s always so much more to know of this incredible Father God of ours.