Isaiah 55:8-11 (NLT)
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. 10 “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.11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
In these verses from Isaiah God reminded the people His ways and His thoughts are beyond comparison and beyond anything they could comprehend. He tells them their thoughts are on this world verse His thoughts which are on the entire universe. Then God compares His words and scriptures to rain and snow. The rain and snow fall from heaven and help product grain and seed for those who want to eat. God’s word falls from heaven to feed those who desire God and His word produces fruit in their life.
God is marvelous, wonderful and amazing. I had an opportunity to share the gospel with a cab driver in Washington, D.C. I was there to teach a class. On the morning of the class I had been up studying a course on witnessing from our church. I left my hotel and walked up to the corner of the street and flagged down one of the thousands of taxis looking for passengers. A cab stopped and picked me up. Immediately I could tell the cab driver was not in a good mood, so I asked how he was doing. The driver replied he was just having a bad day and wondered how I could be happy so early in the morning. I told him I had been up a while reading my bible and studying and it just encouraged me. Then he said something that let me know God had arranged this cab ride. The taxi driver said, “I don’t know about me and God. I don’t know if I would go to heaven if I died. I have been playing in a church band a bit, but I just don’t understand some things.” I could feel God nudging me as though He were saying that was my chance to speak up. So I started sharing the gospel of Jesus with this man as he drove me to my location. Just as I finished he pulled up in front of the building I was going to. Then he turned around and said he didn’t know what he had to do to have Jesus in his life, but he wanted Him. So I prayed with the man to receive Jesus and to reassure him Jesus would always be a part of his life. The man said, “I know God sent you today.” I even got his business in case I could ride back with him later or send him some information. Well I tried to ride back that afternoon, but he had customers on the other side of town so I told him to expect some Bible brochures, and have a blessed day in the Lord. I figured I would never see Walter Brown the taxi driver again. Over a year later I was back in Washington, D.C. to teach another class. I walked up to a corner to flag down a taxi as I had done many time before. I got in the taxi and the ID picture for the drive said, Walter Brown. It was the same cab driver from the year before. I was somewhat shocked to be back in his cab, so I said, “Mr. Brown, do you remember me?” He looked back in his mirror and said, “YES I DO, you are that man that told me about Jesus and now I know I am going to heaven.” God let me come back and see this man to witness the fruit of His word. I got to see how the man had grown in God’s word and now was so happy about it. It was an event I could not have arranged had I wanted to, but God who is so great setup that meeting a second time to encourage me. Be encouraged in God’s word and know that His word sows fruit into the lives of others.