For just as rain and snow fall from the sky and do not return there, but water the earth, causing it to bud and produce, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so is my word that goes out from my mouth —it will not return to me unfulfilled; but it will accomplish what I intend, and cause to succeed what I sent it to do. CJB
This is a powerful statement by God. The Word of God will always succeed.
Before Yeshua, there were two kinds of people in the world—Jews and Gentiles. Since Yeshua, there are two kinds of people in the world—those filled with the Holy Spirit and those who are not.
The Holy Spirit is not new, not an invention of Yeshua. The Holy Spirit was a part of the Creation. In our terms of understanding, the Spirit has been around as long as God has been around. The Spirit is God. Yeshua reminded us to expect the Spirit in our lives and to pay attention to the way the Spirit leads us.
This is the core of being Christian. The Good News is given to us, but we each take it in based on our situations and inclinations. I may try to follow in The Way, but I have many obligations in this world that take up all my time. Or I don’t have enough trust that I’m hearing God right. Or I don’t think God would really ask me to do that.
There are many reasons why God’s Word falls on rocks, or among weeds. Yet, it is never too late to clear the rocks and pull the weeds. We can always rededicate ourselves to following in The Way.
The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us. Phillips
Embrace what the Spirit is doing and go along for the ride.
See my comments on the New Testament portion of today’s scripture from July 13, 2014 here.
Be righteous and do good.