Isaiah 55:11(NKJV) 11 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.
Today we continue our study of the biblical idea of promise and how it can affect us and the city in which we live. It is important to remember that a promise of God is simply the Word of God that has been spoken to us personally. There is much that we will look at during this week however, I want to begin with an insight that I believe will help you. The promise of God is the will of God for your life and it contains the power of God to bring itself to pass.
Today’s verse is from one of my favorite sections of scripture. It speaks of God’s thoughts and ways. It tells us they are higher than our thoughts and ways. I have heard this quoted to say that we just cannot know what God will do. However, if we read verses 8-11 of Isaiah 55, we find that it is saying exactly the opposite. God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours are but that does not mean we are unable to understand them. It says in verse 10 and 11 that as rain and snow come to the earth to bring forth fruit, God sent his word to the earth to bring forth fruit in our lives. We can know God’s thoughts and God’s ways by his word. That is why he wrote it in a book and sent it to the earth.
If we have a desire to know God’s thoughts and God’s ways, we must accept God’s word as just that. It is God’s word. It is the revelation to man of God’s thoughts and ways. If we do not accept his word as truth, we will never know God’s ways. We cannot know God’s thoughts or ways through man’s wisdom. We must accept the Word of God as first and final authority and absolutely correct. When we do, we will know His thoughts and his ways as they apply to our life.
Once we accept that the Word of God is absolute truth, we can see it as a promise in our lives that can change everything. We see two things about God’s word, his promise, in verse 11. First, God sends his word with a purpose. God wants his word to do something for us. God’s word is a revelation of his will. That means that when we find a promise in the Word of God it is the will of God for our lives.
We read in the word how Paul promised the church at Philippi that God would meet their need because they had given to meet Paul’s. We might say that this is a promise to the Philippians not to us. However, when the Lord thought enough of Paul’s letter to put it in the bible it became a message to every believer. In the case of the Philippians, we know they gave to Paul’s ministry. When it became a message to all believers, the promise is simply, “If you give to the gospel, you can trust God to meet your needs.” It is no longer a promise from Paul to the Philippians but a promise from God the Father to every Christian who gives in support of the gospel. If this were not the case, God would not have allowed Paul’s statement into his word.
If we apply Isaiah 55:11 to this word that God has sent forth in the earth we must ask ourselves what purpose God intends for it to produce. The answer can only be that it is God’s will to meet the needs of every believer that gives to the Gospel. When I apply that thought to my life, I must conclude that since I have given to the support of the gospel all over the world, it is God’s will to meet my financial needs. It is not God’s will for me to go without the things I need. It is not God’s will for me to struggle financially. I may not have all the money I would like to have, but I have a promise that somehow God will meet my needs.
Why is this so important? It is important because we will never have faith for something if we are not sure if it is what God wants for us. The devil will use any voice he can to convince us that the promise of God does not apply to us. He will say, “It might not be God’s will to meet that need. He may want to teach you something. He may be punishing you for that sin you committed. You can’t really be sure if it is God’s will to meet your need.”
Satan is by nature a liar and a deceiver. He is very good at this. Let us examine his argument. First, God may indeed want to teach you something. You may have to learn some things in order for God to meet your need. You also may have some sin in your life. That sin may be keeping God from moving to meet your need. However, neither of those things changes the fact that it is God’s will to meet your need.
If you need to learn something, God is there to teach you. Learn what needs to be learned. The devil wants you to sit there and complain about how God will not meet your need because he is trying to teach you something. If you give in to that thinking your need will go unmet and you will not learn what you need to learn.
If there is a sin in your life, repent of it. Get your life straight with God. The devil wants you to think it is unfair that God does not want to meet your need because of sin. The lie is that God does want to meet your need. It is sin, which comes from the devil that is hindering him.
In both cases, it is still God’s will to meet your need. The fact that God has given you a promise says it is his will. He is bringing conviction of the sin because it is his will to meet the need. Once you repent of the sin, the Lord will meet the need. God is trying to teach this thing to you so he can meet your current need and any similar need in the future. It is God’s will to meet the need. That is what is important. Learn what you need to learn so he can do just that.
The second thing we learn from Isaiah 55:11 is that the power to meet the need is contained in the promise itself. God says his word will accomplish what he sent it to do. That means it must have the power within it to get the job done. If I choose to believe the promise and do my best to act on that promise, the power to bring it to pass will come from God.
These two thoughts are very powerful if we grasp them. Any promise I read in the bible is the will of God. There may be conditions. I may need to learn something or even repent of sin, but the promise is what God wants for my life. Learning and repentance are within my power. Meeting the need may not be, but it is in God’s power and his promise tells me it is his will.
Once I do my part, the power of God is contained in the promise itself to bring it to pass. We do not have to work up the power. We do not have to provide the power. We do not even have to convince God to pour out the power. It is contained in the promise itself. All we have to do is believe the promise.
Find a promise in the Bible. Any promise will do. The bible is full of them and they speak to any need a person can have. Whatever area the promise speaks to, that is the will of God for you in that area. If it says, “By his stripes you were healed.”, that is God’s will for you where healing is concerned. If it says that Jesus gave you his joy and the world cannot take it away, then joy is God’s will for your life.
All the promises of God are yes and amen in Christ Jesus. All the promises of God are the will of God for your life if you are born again. The power of God resides in each one to produce itself in your life. Receive them today. Believe them today. God will go to work immediately to bring that promise into your life.