Devotional: God's Word and the Heart of a Boy

hands_in_worship_2_(400_x_180)“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace.”—Isaiah 55:11-12 A friend of mine remembers sitting in the basement of an old church in Los Angeles when he was seven years old and earnestly raising his hand to accept Jesus into his life. He wasn't a regular churchgoer; he had been invited by a friend's family. Nothing in his short life up to that moment gave him any understanding of what this decision was all about. For years, he had no idea what really happened. He eventually shook it off as one of those childhood things.

 Years later, in a moment of great need, he cried out to God and everything he had heard in that basement rushed to the forefront of his memory—the love of God, Jesus’ declaration that He would never leave him nor forsake him. My friend recalls feeling as if his whole life hinged on the spiritual transaction he made with God as a young boy. He remembered someone telling him that “all things work together for good to those who love God” and he found great comfort and reassurance in those words (Romans 8:28).

God's Word never comes back void. My friend barely remembers the faithful Sunday School worker who spoke to him that day, but the message of love reached the heart of a young boy and came back many years later to comfort a hurting man, and bring a wandering soul home.

“He sent forth His Word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave.” — Psalm 107:20