Human beings are constantly creating new things and then testing them out. Many times our creations do not work in practice as well as they did in the design stage, do they? Theoretically something may work like a charm but in real life it functions about as well as a lead balloon. So it is with human inventions.

     Not so with the divine. Whatever God speaks into existence must accomplish its intended purpose. Consider Isaiah’s comment, “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 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.” (Isaiah 55:10-11).

     This is the same thought that the Apostle Paul expresses in 2 Timothy 3:16. The words that are written in our Bibles are God-breathed. They contain revelation that originates in the mind of God Himself, flows from His mouth, and into human beings in written or spoken form. It can never fail to achieve God’s purpose. Why? Because it is divine.

     “But not everyone will obey God’s Word,” comes the objection. Most will reject God’s Word. Do we conclude from this that God’s purpose for His Word is thwarted by human rejection? No! His desire is that human beings be saved through His Word; however, his eternal purpose is that people be saved AND that human beings be judged through His Word (John 12:48, Jeremiah 23:29ff, Romans 1:16). Therefore, as we sow His Word, one way or another, it will never come back to Him without accomplishing His eternal purpose.

     The real question then is not whether or not the Word will accomplish God’s purposes–people will be saved by it or they will be judged by it. The real question is whether or not we will cooperate with God; will we proclaim His Word regardless of the outcome?

     It all comes down to surrender and availability. We must surrender our lives to Him as Lord and make ourselves available for His use. At our conversion He gave each one of us one or more gifts so that we could help accomplish His eternal purpose. The question is, “Are we making that gift available to Him for the furtherance of His purposes on the earth?” Are we spreading the Word? Or are we doing something else with God’s Word? If so, why not surrender to His Lordship and volunteer for His service?

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