10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
We cannot make it snow or rain. We cannot prevent its coming, for its power is inherent in the earth of which God is the Creator. We see the good in the rain and snow as well as the way it can wreck havoc on our lives. The good is that it nurtures crops and provides for our sustenance.
In the same way, Isaiah reminds us that God’s ways are beyond our partial understanding. God’s word has an effect beyond what we may imagine. God’s will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. We cannot put limits on God, any more than we can control the weather. We cannot demand that God act on our timetable. God has a purpose that will be fulfilled in God’s perfect timing.
God gives us promises in Isaiah that God has fulfilled in Jesus Christ our savior. God asks us to confess when we have gone astray, so that we may turn to God to find the resources we need. When we turn to God, we are able to see the power in God’s word, to accomplish what God wills. We are not God, but God is. God has a bigger plan, a wider vision, and the means to fulfill what God intends.
Forgive me, Lord, if I have tried to hem you in by my understanding, or tried to define you according to what I want. You are bigger than my self-centered wishes. Let me receive your Word; let it infiltrate my being so that I may give you all praise and glory. For you are God; I am not. Guide me to fulfill your plan, in Jesus Christ. Amen.