“For as the rain and 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; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
In conditions of drought, passages alluding to any kind of moisture seem to leap off the page. Even though our prayers are for rain, we, of course, know that it’s not so much the rain as it is the effects of what the rain accomplishes–the sustenance of life. The prevailing metaphor of the passage isn’t the unpredictability of nature’s outpouring but the certainty of what it will bring forth when it does. As moisture is to a scorched earth so is God’s word to the parched soul.