Many of the farms in the state of Nebraska are right on the edge of the fertile plains that receive enough rainfall to produce abundant crops. Some years the yields can be a little lower simply because they are not blessed with as much rain as other farmers. Being so dependent on precious rainfall actually produces a great respect and appreciation for the gift of rain. Farmers in that area sometimes call raindrops "pennies from heaven." They know that one timely rain can make all the difference between a profitable, or an unprofitable crop.
In many places the Bible compares God’s word to that kind of precious rainfall. It is the spiritual gift of God that produces the harvest of faith. Today I want to encourage you to remember what a gift God’s word is, and I want to help you get the most out of that gift. Our text is from the Prophet Isaiah:
For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55.10-11 NKJ)
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