Every week I write letters to some men who are incarcerated. I send them a general letter about stuff that is going on in my life and I include a copy of the sermon for that week. Every week as I write and mail these letters it reminds me to pray for these men. Recently, I had a letter returned to me as “undeliverable.” In my haste to get the letter in the mail I had put the wrong address on the envelope. As a result the letter came back and I had to put it in a new envelope and resend it with the correct address. My mistake caused my letter to my friend to be delayed by several weeks and there was one week where he may have been wondering if I had forgotten to write. I am glad that the Lord does not make such mistakes. The Lord speaks of His word, His letters, His messages in Isaiah 55:10-11 and says,
Isa 55:10 “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
The word of the Lord accomplishes His good will just as the rain waters the earth and brings forth produce and provision. The Lord’s word makes it to the destination He intends and it prospers. He does not get in a hurry and make mistakes. He does not mismark envelopes or forget addresses. His word goes forth and accomplishes His will. It is never returned as undeliverable.