Isaiah 55:11 “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.”
Anyone who knows me knows I love to bass fish. There is just something about hooking a bass and landing it. My son says, “The tug’s the drug.” I guess that about sums it up.
But there is one key to catching bass – using the right bait. I have thrown everything imaginable in an attempt to get one to bite. I have used top water frogs and poppers, plastic worms rigged in several different ways, crank baits, spinner baits and swim baits. When I find the right bait, my casts seldom come back empty. But it is never a sure thing.
Our verse today is talking about the Word of God being cast out to the hearers. The Lord says through Isaiah, “It will not return to Me empty.” The Lord will always reel in a lost soul. His Word is powerful. It is a tasty morsel to those who are hungry for peace. But it is our job, as believers, to cast it to them. We must share the Word of God in order for them to hear it and respond to it.
What are you putting before your children each day? I bet you are very careful to educate them with the required subjects to finish school. I bet some of you are very careful to teach them a skill to help them repair something. I even bet some of you teach them how to do chores. But are you teaching them how to use the Word of God?
We won’t always be around. We must teach our children how to handle the Word. We must teach them to cast the Word out so others can respond. We must show them the best times and places to cast the Word. We must teach them how to respond when someone “bites” the Word. You can have the most beautiful cast in the world, but unless you know how to retrieve the lost soul (assist them in responding to the Word) you may only frustrate them.