Monday, November 14, 2005

rain, word, travel = joy

isaiah 55 is an amazing chapter. near the end of this chapter isaiah says, "The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it."

as one privileged to be able to communicate the word of God to people, i am always amazed about the different ways that God's word works. today after sharing at kairos here in la, a man who is about 50, who is well to do, shared with me a story of how God spoke to him to help this homeless man on the corner, because he had been thinking about a message i shared previously about jesus' desire for social justice and his care for the down and out.

later someone said, "jr, i have someone you need to meet. they are from germany. they heard one of your talks on a cassette and listened to it about 15 times and was eager to meet you." i discovered that a talk that i gave in amsterdam earlier this year on the kingdom of God, made its way to germany and then this person made their way to los angeles. they are looking for a job here with the possibility of staying.

so just like the rain hits the ground and causes changes in the scenery and produces life giving food, so the word of God as it is shared, is like a seed that sinks into a 50 year old man and produces the fruit of kind deeds to a homeless man on the street. and the word as it is preached in amsterdam is sent to germany and the young listener of the word is sent back to los angeles to share his encouragement with the preacher of the word, and fellowship between new friends occurs.

isaiah continues with, "You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where briers grew, myrtles will sprout up. This miracle will bring great honor to the LORD's name; it will be an everlasting sign of his power and love."


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