“So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
The young pastor was nearly devastated as he walked to his car. That Sunday morning he had approached the pulpit of the church with excitement. He had studied hard that week and really prepared well for the message. He was blessed in the study of the text and was so eager to share it with the church family. But for some reason, it was one of those Sundays that he personally struggled and felt like he was failing terribly in the delivery. Halfway through, the thought struck him, “I wonder if I am just boring everyone.” Finally he finished the message and shook hands. The typical greetings were communicated as people exited the auditorium. “Well, Lord, I feel like I did terribly today. I didn’t let on to the church family, but I just struggled for some reason. I commit it all to You,” he prayed. Later that afternoon he received a phone call from a person he didn’t recognize. “I was in your service this morning, Pastor. I snuck out the side door, but I can’t hide any longer. Your message spoke directly to me and the situation in my life. I’ve surrendered to the Lord and wanted to thank you for your message which you so powerfully preached today. May I make an appointment to see you to speak to you about my decision?” she continued. Ten minutes later he finished the call and was amazed once again at how the Lord’s Word never returns to Him void.
For today: Have you been in the Word yet? It will be the most important thing you read all day!