“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.”
This chapter of Isaiah is full of rich prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. It speaks of water for the thirsty, food for the hungry, and an everlasting covenant of love. God reminds us just before our main verse for today, that his thoughts and his ways are greater than ours, far greater. He reminds us that his plans and his words are true and trustworthy and right, unlike that of mankind. Then he says this in verse 11, “my word…will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
He says that his word is good. If he says it, he will do it. He makes no empty promises, he tells no lies. His word is always true, always right, and always faithful. It is necessary for us as Christians to remember and keep this truth at the forefront of our minds as the world tries to tell us not to believe everything God’s word says, that it is fallible and ever-changing. It is essential that we not allow the world to convince us that God’s word is anything less than fully true and perfect.
As mentioned earlier, this chapter of Isaiah is a prophecy about Jesus. So how does this reminder about God’s word relate to Christ? Well, you may remember how the gospel of John begins: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John refers to Jesus as “the Word.” Christ is the very word of God made flesh, the promise of God realized in human form.
God promised all of these things over thousands of years of human history, and his word was fulfilled in Jesus. The Word did not return to him empty, but with the salvation of all believers. The Word accomplished what God desired, to bring light and life to all mankind. The Word achieved the purpose for which he was sent, to deliver victory over death and offer grace upon grace to all who believe in the Father through him.
The word of God is good and true and faithful. The proof is in Christ himself.
Help me not to be swayed by the lies and temptations of the world. Help me never to believe that your word is anything less than absolute. Thank you for Jesus, the manifestation of your word, who did not fail, but brought hope and life to all.
In His Name,