The Purpose of God’s Word

“Rain, rain go away. Come again another day.”

This familiar line from a nursery rhyme expresses the way many of us feel about rain. We would prefer it stay away. The same holds true for snow in winter. The rain and the snow come down from the heavens and don’t return there. Instead, they water the ground, providing what is needed for seeds to sprout, for grains, fruits, and vegetables to grow. And, of course, those grains, fruits, and vegetables provide sustenance for all of us (Isaiah 55:10). So, as much as we may complain about the rain and the snow (I admit that I do!), we know that it serves a very useful purpose.

The same holds true for the Word of God. Isaiah 55:11 tells us that God’s Word comes from His mouth to our ears and our hearts. It waters the soil of our hearts and will not return to God empty. His Word is sent for a purpose and that purpose will be achieved. Scripture tells us that the Word of God is alive and active. It is sharper than a two-edged sword and has the ability to penetrate through soul and spirit. This means that the Word has the ability to reach our innermost being. It judges our thoughts and our heart attitudes (Hebrews 4:12).

In his second letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote that all Scripture is God-breathed. Although the words were written down by men, they were divinely inspired, coming from the heart of God. God has given us these words for a purpose. The words of Scripture are used to teach, to reprove, to correct, and to provide training for righteousness. And all of these things serve the purpose of making each of us complete, equipping us to do the good work He has intended for us to do (2 Timothy 3:16).

Just as the rain and the snow are instrumental in the growth of the grains, fruits, and vegetables that we need for our physical bodies, God’s Word is instrumental in the growth of our spiritual bodies, helping us to become the people that God desires us to be.

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