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Christmas Devos: God's Word Will Not Return Void

Posted by Stuart Shear on

“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.” Isa 55:11 (NIV)

Read: Psalm 91

It was 1989 and I was stationed at Camp Casey South Korea in the US Army. I was returning off leave from home, where I had learned my marriage of 4 years was ending in a divorce. There was infidelity in the marriage and it was not on my part.

I was born and raised in church and my father is a minister to this day. I was in a devastating situation and 12,000 miles away from home, away from the love and nurturing of my family in this most low place in my life. God felt far from me and out of reach during this time.

I was on the verge of making some really bad choices in my life, leading up to a plan to end my life. I received a care package from my family and it came at a perfect time. I eagerly opened the love package, as mail was what you lived for in the military. In the very top of the package was a Bible, of which I have many, but this one was special for some reason.

After looking through all the goodies that my family sent, I sat back on my bunk and opened this brand new Bible, which I knew my mother had included. I randomly opened the Bible, and it came to Psalm 91. I began reading it.

“1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.” (Ps 91:1-2) (NIV).

As I read this, I prayed to God immediately and I felt the burdens that weighed me down start to lighten. After crying and pouring my heart out to God for many hours, I know the Holy Spirit took my groaning and petitioned them to my Heavenly Father.

Several years later I was discharged from the military and I met the love of my life, Marsha. Psalm 91 was read at our wedding and is our favorite scripture as a couple. After all this time, I am still comforted and remember what God revealed to me there on my Army bunk.

God’s word did not return void!

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