planting by every water source

May 2015 (6)Isaiah 32:15-20

15 (We will be desolate) until a wind is poured out on us from on high, and our wilderness will become a fruitful field, and our fruitful field is thought of as the forest. 16 Then justice will dwell in that wilderness, and righteousness will live in that fruitful field. 17 And the product of righteousness will be peace, and the product of righteousness, quietness and security forever. 18 And my people will dwell in a peaceful settlement and in a secure dwelling place and in undisturbed resting places. 19 And it will hail at the coming down of the forest, and the city will become low by humiliation. 20 You who plant by every water source, who set free the foot of the ox and the donkey, will be happy.

planting by every water source

Coffman’s take on verse 20 is as follows:

“… to us it says that, followers of the Lamb should, “preach the gospel in season and out of season”; exploit all opportunities; take every chance; do not be too particular nor too choosey as to what we shall do for the Lord. If this is what the passage means, it is the equivalent of the proverb which states that, “He that regardeth the winds shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap!” (Ecclesiastes 11:4).[1]

We should avoid falling into the trap of confusing our giftedness with the limits of our influence. It just might be an area I might consider a weakness that the LORD may choose to bless me with a bumper crop. I saw this last year in Africa. I had prepared quite a few lectures that I presented at a conference of pastors and church leaders in DRC. But the part of my week that seemed to have made the most difference to these men was the question and answer sessions that came after each lecture. This was unscripted, and was a challenge to me. But the church leaders really appreciated the answers to their questions.

LORD, give us the wisdom to plant your gospel by every water source, to use every means possible to share your kingdom with others.


[1] Coffman, James Burton. “Commentary on Isaiah 32:1”. “Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament”. “http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/view.cgi?bk=22&ch=32”. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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