Sunday, 04 January 2015 03:51

Let it Be

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word of life“My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;11 so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.12 For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace.” (Isaiah 55)

If you are like me, you’ve heard the first portion of this passage read by well-meaning folks to explain that God is so far beyond our thoughts and ways that we just can’t know them. And if you don’t read the verses that follow, that’s how it sounds. But in these verses that speak of the word of God bearing fruit just like rain and snow, we find a truer picture of God’s heart. Put together with John’s Gospel account of the Word being with God and then becoming flesh and dwelling among us, they also become a thrilling prophetic expression of the Christmas story.

Reading Isaiah 55 and then John 1 together, you hear that God’s ways and thoughts are indeed higher, and that is one of the reasons He sent His Word in the flesh. He wanted to connect and communicate concepts that were higher and thoughts that were from His perspective. He wanted us to understand so many things that we perceive incorrectly. He wanted His Word to be real.

His Word came down so that we could go out in joy and be led forth in peace. That sounds like how the angels heralded his coming, doesn’t it? Isaiah 55 says the word of God, like rain and snow cannot come to earth without accomplishing its purpose. It also gives us a great picture of what the Word can do:

  • Rain brings what is high in the clouds down. It is a transfer of a lofty atmosphere to what lies beneath it.
  • Rain softens soil, awakens seed and brings growth.
  • Rain takes what was already inside the seed and makes it come to life, so to speak.
  • Rain evaporates and returns, having been successful in what it was sent to do.

All this sounds so much like Jesus, the living Word, Who ascended to the right hand of the Father and sat down because He accomplished what He was sent to do. This is what Christmas is about: God bringing His ways and His thoughts to earth in the incarnate Christ. God’s Word – the very essence of Himself – is no longer far off in the heavens or confined to an ark or a book, but It is living in flesh. We were made in His image and likeness and to carry His presence, and Jesus came to put us back to proper purpose. Colossians 1:27 calls it a mystery: “Christ IN you, the hope of glory.”

So shuck off the thought that you can’t know God’s mysterious ways and what He is thinking. As we have just recently celebrated the coming of the Word in flesh in the birth of our Lord, today recognize the impact of Christ IN you. Be as Mary, Jesus' mother, who when told of the life of Christ living in her, said, “Let it be unto me, according to your word.”

Allow the Word to live in your flesh and believe you were made for this. It was His design for you all along. He came to earth for this purpose, and like the rain and snow, He will succeed.

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Todd Hadley

Todd and Karon came to Charleston in 1998 in a denominational setting. There they began to have vision for church as we know it to change. The Lord placed people around them who were receiving similar revelation and who stood with them through the storms of doubt, disillusionment, and opposition. Out of this divine discomfort with institutional religion, the word came that the Lord was calling them to a new work. They realized they were in for quite a ride with Jesus.

Todd and Karon both grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and they were married in 1988. They have four children, Drew, Gabrielle, Hannah, and Lydia, all of whom worship and minister along side the whole of New Heart with the deep love of Christ.

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