The Purpose of the Word of God

“… My Word… will achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

In a marvelous chapter taken from the prophecy of the one who is called “The prince of the prophets,” Isaiah tells us why he preached the Word of God.  Earlier in this chapter he proclaimed that there is as much difference between the way we think and act and how God thinks and acts as the heavens are high above the earth.  He tells us he preached the Word of God because God’s Word can bring about an alignment between the way God thinks and acts and the way people think and act.

There is a strong emphasis in the Scripture on the importance of our will being in alignment with the will of God.  Jesus made his greatest prayer when He sweat drops of blood and prayed, “Not My will but Your will be done.” He taught His disciples to pray, “Your will be done in earth (or in their earthen vessels), as it is in heaven.”

The Word of God frequently describes the struggle between God and men like Moses, Job, Jonah, and many others who finally submit their will to the will of God  – and the will of God is done in and through them on earth as it is in heaven.  When God declares through Isaiah that His Word will not return to Him without accomplishing the purpose for which He sent it, I am convinced that this is the purpose God had in mind.

When you read or hear the Word of God proclaimed, will you let God accomplish this purpose for the Word of God?  Will you let the Word of God bring about an alignment between your will and the will of God?

2 Responses to The Purpose of the Word of God

  1. Rob Smith says:

    Dick, years ago when I commuted to Newport News Shipbuilding I’d often pass a shop with a sign that said “Davis Alignment Service”. Of course they did wheel alignments for cars. It occurred to me that just as car wheels need to be aligned to maximize tire wear, so we need to be aligned with the Lord to run true and give the Lord the best mileage we can!

  2. Pat Ricks says:

    My name is Pat Ricks. Rev. Woodward and Jenny rented an apartment from my mom in the sixties. I will never forget him. He was the most special man in my life. My life as a pre-teen and as a teen was tumultuous. Rev. Woodward was always there as a bigger than life figure. I loved football and all sports as did Dick. He would come to my games at Virginia Beach High School. Mostly I remember our church picnics on the beach when he and Mr. Pretzman would engage in the most manly art of blocking and tackling. I have been more sucessful in life than I could have ever imagined and I will always believe that Dick Woodward played a huge role in my sucesses. Of course, none of it would have been possible without God. I think about Rev. Woodward often and tonight God led me to google him. I watched his videos and both he and Ginny still have that same wonderful smile and infectuious way they did when I was a teen-ager. I live in Ponte Vedra Beach Fla for seven months a year and in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia for the other five. Thank you Rev. Woodward and Ginny for all you did for me. I will never forget you.

    Pat Ricks
    formerly of 604-20th St and the son of my beloved Ruthie and father Eric

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