My friend knows all the Bible stories, and he reminded me that he's heard it all before, that it wasn't going to make a difference. He said he knew I was supposed to take advantage of opportunities to witness to him, but that wasn't what he needed.
My heart sank. I felt alone in that moment. Why had the Holy Spirit prompted me to share those words and the beliefs so close to my heart and so real in my life when my friend would just shut them down so quickly? Why didn't God prepare his heart to receive the Gospel? Why did I feel like I just said empty words that fell on deaf ears?
Then I read Isaiah 55. I don't remember if I read it shortly after this phone call or before the call and God just brought it to mind later that day. Whatever it was, I know He planned these words for me:
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it..."
If God gives us words to say, as long as they are truly His words based on the truth of His Word, they will not return void. They aren't useless or ineffective. Our God is not ineffective, and He doesn't use ineffective words. His word spoke the universe into being (Genesis 1). His word healed the sick and calmed the storm (Matthew 8). And Jesus is the Word of God who became flesh (John 1).
So if you hear His voice giving you words to encourage someone, to share His grace with someone, or even to admonish them with truth in love, know that He is using you to accomplish His will in someone's life. No matter how they respond, you can know that He will reward your humble obedience. May we all be quick to share His powerful Word whenever He asks.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.