“My Word Shall Not Return To Me Empty”

February 22, 2018

“I will write my word on their hearts.”

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” ~ Jeremiah 31:33-34

For the past nine years, I’ve posted a bit of scripture every morning on my Facebook page and more recently, also on our St. John’s Facebook page that I maintain. In that time, I’ve shared more than 3000 verses of scripture or about 10% of the number of verses found in the old and new testament.

When I started, it was a way to force me into God’s word on a daily basis. I think most of us would agree that we don’t spend a lot of time in the word because we feel we don’t have time to spend in God’s word. I was certainly guilty of that.

If I may, let me share with you some of the results of that simple step of posting one verse, every day.

At first, it was easy. I sought out all of the verses I remembered memorizing or more likely, remembered bits and pieces of to share. As my job keeps me on the computer throughout the day, it wasn’t too hard to “Google” those bits and pieces and find the entire reference I was trying to remember.

In the process, I learned there were many sites on the Internet that provided me with a daily verse that I could then share. All of this made the first year easy. I learned though, that the algorithm used for most of these sites repeated the same scripture on the same day the next year and the next.

I didn’t want to become too repetitious, so I started doing Google searches for scripture written about a particular subject. For example, “What does scripture say about thankfulness?” And I would find up to 30 verses that speak to the subject. Now, in an effort to find a verse that spoke to me that day, I was reading 30 verses instead of 1. Now, instead of five minutes a day, I was spending 20 minutes a day reading God’s word and listening to his voice as he spoke to me through his amazing word.

Those 20 minutes have become more precious to me than any other time of the day. They are more precious because God has answered my prayers to reveal his word to my heart. His word teaches me daily how to live, how to overcome adversity, how to comfort, how to learn, and especially how to trust God in all things. They’ve taught me the importance of faith and reliance on a God of love who gives me everything I need spiritually and physically.

And, guess what, I don’t miss those twenty minutes I spend every morning reading God’s word. They haven’t made me late; I haven’t missed a meal or a program, or a game, or anything else that happens in my day. They’ve become the most important thing I do every day. They feed my soul.

One last thing, God promises in Isaiah 55 that his word will not return to him void. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” ~ Isaiah 55:10-11

I have proof of that piece of scripture.

While it was never my intent when I started posting a bit of God’s word every morning, according to Facebook statistics, it now reaches more than 800 people every day; mostly by others sharing that bit of scripture on their own Facebook page.

Additionally, I can’t tell you how many people contact me via Facebook, usually total strangers, that read that piece of scripture that day and it spoke to their heart; “Thank you for posting that verse this morning, I needed to hear that today,” is a message I often receive.

To that unknown individual, “I needed to hear it too.”