“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. 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 nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honour to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of His power and love.”
When God's Words go out into the world, they will not return without having accomplished their goal. Okay – so what is that goal, that purpose?
The second stanza of this Isaiah passage shows that the purpose of the Word is to bring forth worship in us. Our desperate situation in a broken world is a drama being played out where the end of it all is a restoration and reconciliation of our brokenness. The whole reason for our life is to come to a point where we long to give praise and worship back to our Creator. For it is when our deepest passions, thoughts, desires and motives are directed to adoration of our Saviour, that we are most fully alive.
The Word of God as contained in the Bible is a means to an end. And that end is the worship of our Creator, our Lord, our Saviour.