One Sunday many years ago a minister used the familiar Scripture that states God's Word will not return void. That night after everyone else went to bed, I went to my study planning to meditate on that verse. The verse before that, though, caught my attention and drew me into it:
"As the rain and the snow come down from Heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 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." (Isaiah 55:10, 11).
I had just begun home Bible studies and deeply desired to help the women grow spiritually. Now it was as if I heard Him say, "All you have to do is plant the seed I give you. I will do the miracle of turning it into bread."
This thought gave me great freedom to give what the Spirit had given me during the week as I studied. Then when I taught I would concentrate on saying what He gave me to say. My eyes were on Him. It was His responsibility to turn the seeds of truth into spiritual bread for them.
One day one of the gals in the class commented, "Aletha, I guess you're discouraged with our progress." I don't recall what I said, but I remember thinking, I'm not looking at you; I'm looking at Jesus.
But one day, I was feeling spiritually dry and thought I had nothing to give the women. Satan whispered, "Sure, God would turn your seed into bread but you have no seed to sow." I couldn't argue with that.
Satan must not have known that my morning Scripture reading would include 2 Corinthians 9:10: "Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness."
Thank You, Lord, Your words always perfectly meet our need.
"And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times" (Psalm 12:6).