Every week I write letters and send a copy of one of my sermons to some men who are serving time in various prisons across the state. Some of these men I have been corresponding with for several years; some just a few months. I am told that the sermons that are sent are generally passed around among their group of friends and sometimes used as a part of their own small group studies. Please pray for these men that the Lord will speak to them, that they will listen and allow Him to order their steps. You know, that is a good prayer that all of us could use. I ask that you pray that same prayer for me. Recently, I had one of my letters returned to me. In my haste to address the envelope I left off part of the address. Naturally I left off the most important part, the city and the state. Seems I gave the post office too many options. Can’t blame them for sending it back. This letter that I meant to go across the state to minister to someone boomeranged right back to me and my effort was a complete flop.
As I thought about how I needed to be more careful next time, I also thought how grateful I was that the Lord God does not make any mistakes like that or any mistakes at all. He has never had a letter or message go forth and come back undeliverable or return to sender. His word always accomplishes what He intends. God tells us in Isaiah 55:10 – 11
Isa 55:10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
The Lord’s Word will do what He intends it to do. His Word will accomplish His purposes. I took that letter that had been returned to me and placed it in a fresh envelope, with a complete address and a couple of brand new stamps and sent it out. I pray that it will be read and well received. I pray that the Lord will use it to minister to those who need His comfort, His mercy, His grace and His strength. I trust that He will.