Which I Purpose

… it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish which I purpose…– Isaiah 55:11.

Isaiah is talking about his words, accomplishing what he intended, but the phrase “which I purpose” strikes me as one of those phrases that can mean a lot more. When we engage in activity such as writing, cooking, painting, serving, we may intend to accomplish one thing, but God takes over and we accomplish another.

I have been writing the Pew for over fifteen years now, and I am constantly amazed when I hear from a reader how something I have written has affected them. More often than not my words and meaning were not even close to the way the reader interpreted, but they had an extremely positive effect. I know of painters who will say all the time that people see in their paintings things they never intended.

Isaiah talks about an intended purpose, but perhaps the lesson here is to go about using our creative gifts, and let God use them in his/her way.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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