The Trees Shall Clap Their Hands

January 11, 2022

Good morning!

The holidays are over; the days are short and cold, but this time of year always reminds me that life, even though it looks bleak and dead, holds the promise of renewal.

David and I like to go for drives of the evening just around sunset and count the whitetail deer we see. We live in a rural area surrounded by farmland and have counted as many as 75 in a single evening. With the fields harvested they are easier to spot, but in the wood-line, God has provided them with disguise. The empty fields are evidence too that a bountiful harvest has taken place. Across the road from us black Angus cows take every opportunity to soak up as much of the sunlight as possible. They have no understanding of God, but they enjoy all of His blessings; they are fat and content. God has not removed His hand from us yet.

Our Scripture today is from the book of Isaiah, a wonderful book of the Bible that is full of prophecy concerning Christ with incredible accuracy and insight into what the believer can expect in the future. The prophet uses nature to assure us that God is in control and knows exactly when to send what we need to be successful. I have used this chapter several times in my blogs; it is still one of my favorites!

Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Seeking the Lord requires action on our part. To “seek” means more than just to look for; the Lexicon gives the meaning as to seek deity in prayer and worship. Too often we seek what is in His hand for us and not His face so we might have a relationship with Him. “While he may be found” tells us that there is coming a time when it may be too late. Just because we have a Bible, and we sit in church does not mean we are seeking Him. But how can we seek Him, or know the mind of God? There is a reason the Word of God is called the Word of God; through the pages of the Bible He speaks to us. It is there that we learn to follow His commandments, and to “forsake” our old ways. To “return” is to repent from the ways of sin back toward God. God’s Word is a road map with the route to our happiness and well-being clearly marked. All roads lead to Him where He will greet us with “mercy” and “will abundantly pardon” any transgression we may have committed.

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.

God’s Word is as refreshing and regenerating as the rain and snow are to a dry land. Paul spoke of this in 1 Corinthians 3 beginning in verse 6: “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” God’s Word is planted in the hearts and minds of the people who hear the Word of God, but it is God who makes “it bring forth and bud” into a life giving tree. We may think that we are preaching into the air, but we have the promise that His “word” “that goeth forth” “shall not return” to Him “void” or empty of any worth. “It shall prosper in the thing whereto” He has sent it. That is the power of His Word! It is ALWAYS working and ALWAYS accomplishing His will.

Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Just as our drives through the country reminded us, the hills of southern Illinois broke forth with glory unto us even though it appears dead to the human eye, we saw the splendor of God’s creation and the animals He has given us to sustain life. His blessings on us are always as fresh and new as the very first spring. We know that spring will come again and the entire creation of God will greet it as with “singing” praises, and applause for the majesty of the Creator. (It’s a Julie Andrews moment!)

God’s Word will continue as long as this life goes on. It will always accomplish His intended purpose; His will shall always be done. He alone controls the balance of nature, the change of the seasons and all the fullness of the earth; all of nature rejoices in Him. There is nothing of this earth that He is not in control of. He holds your life anyway so why not surrender and know all the blessings that he has for you? He is waiting to hear from you.

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Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory for ever.