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It Won’t Rain Always

 “Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the LORD your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.” – Joel 2:23

Rain rain go away, come again another day! Many see rain as an annoyance, sometimes myself included; however, rain is something of a miracle. Freezing rain…is another thing altogether. But, everything in nature is miraculous in my opinion. I read a post on Facebook the other day that said:

“We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, and you don’t believe in miracles?”

How true! Even down to the way our bodies operate and keep us going. Though they don’t always function the way they are supposed to, creation in itself IS a miracle. No crazy explosion in nature could ever create all this, there was a bigger mind behind it all.

The song writer who wrote the song, “It won’t rain always,” was speaking to the fact that sometimes when it rains it pours, but it won’t rain always. We all go through seasons of change physically and spiritually, and change is never easy. Change can sometimes bring joy, but other times it leaves us in a state of wonderment, searching for answers to life’s unanswered questions. Trusting in God through all things can be hard, but that’s where faith comes in. In Canada we trust that even though we are having freezing rain and snow in the month of April, maybe even (hopefully not) may, we have faith that we will get to enjoy spring and summer eventually. Nothing in life is guaranteed, but we know Jesus holds our tomorrow. God promised Noah He would never again flood the earth. He gave the symbol of that covenant: the rainbow. I’m sure Noah went through periods where he thought, “What in the world am I doing building a huge boat!” But, regardless of how silly he must have felt he kept on, because he had faith in God’s will.

I’ve always been awestruck with rainbows, they bring me excitement like a miracle has just occurred. And it has! I’ve even seen rainbows in the dead of winter, which is highly unusual. You might say, “Yeah right, it’s just a byproduct of nature – light passing through droplets of moisture.” Yes that is true, but who was the scientist behind how all of this words together? How does the sun align so perfectly with the rain? How about the defined colors, why aren’t there other colors beyond the primary colors? Who created that huge ball of Sun in the first place? The moon? We could dig deeper into all of it, but science can only explain what God has already put into place, not how it all came to be in the first place.

And yes, there are disasters and diseases on the earth, how could that be God you ask? It’s not. This earth isn’t what God intended, it’s a byproduct of Sin. A curse was placed on the ground from the moment sin entered the garden of Eden, when man decided free-will was better than God’s plan. But, we still have hope in the promise for our future when Jesus makes all things right, AND we still have blessings to enjoy on this earth amidst the struggles that it can bring. The covenants God made with us and our forefathers are still in place regardless of what we do, God doesn’t change his mind. He sent His son Jesus as proof of His love for us.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.”  Genesis 9:13

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“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38

“Weeping may endure for a night but joy always comes in the morning.”  (Psalm 30:5)

You may be in a situation now that seems impossible.  Rain is necessary, it cleans the earth, and helps crops grow from small seeds, so that we can eat. Sometimes we have all the rain we need in abundance, and sometimes we go through periods of drought.  Periods where we aren’t sure that God is working on our problem.  Like there is no life to our dry desert of a situation. You can be sure that God is working on it. If you have faith even as small as a mustard seed, God will water that seed and help faith the grow in your life. Nothing is impossible with God.  (Luke 1:37)

“He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

In the movie, Facing the Giants, the coach was struggling but Mr. Bridges told him this story to encourage him:

2 farmers desperately needed rain. Both of them prayed for rain but only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain? Coach Taylor replied, “Well the one who prepared his fields for it.” Mr. Bridges asked, “Which one are you?”

“God will send the rain when He is ready. It’s your job to prepare your field to receive it.”

You see we need both the sunny times, and the rainy times, to build faith. It’s up to us how we react to situations. They can either destroy us or help us to grow into the men and women God designed us to be. Nothing good can come without even a tiny struggle. If everything were easy, we would never know true victory. All things work together for the good of those who love God. (Romans 8:38)

 “Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the LORD your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.” – Joel 2:23

The next time you see a Rainbow, stop for a moment and just stare at it for a while. Think about how amazing God is, and His vision and purpose for your life.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.” – Isaiah 43:19-21

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

The Grace God has given you, will sustain you until the rain comes.  Until then, wait expectantly in preparation for the miracles God has for your life. It may seem like a long wait, but the time is coming! Usually people are on the brink of a miracle, and it’s usually then, that people give up. Don’t give up faith, what you need could be right around the corner! Gods timing is perfect. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” – Habakkuk 2:3

Sometimes God is waiting for the proper season to send the rain (the answer).  There really truly is a time and a season for all things.  (Ecclesiastes 3)   God often time will use TIME to prepare you for certain things.  So that when the rain comes you will not be overwhelmed. Jesus prepared for His ministry up until He was 30 years old.   We have to prepare the fields and the crops to receive rain and then there is a waiting period even then, before the harvest takes place.  It takes faith….and patience.  Farmers I’m certain experience some amount of anxiety before a harvest, just as a football player does before a big game.  The farmers prepare the fields to receive the rain, they sow the seed, toil the soil, then they wait for the rain.  Football players train for years, and practice over and over in faith that they might win a victory.

We must use the word of God to strengthen our faith, so that through trials and seasons of doubt, we will be able to lean on God’s grace to get us through to the next season.

“Then he will send the rains in their proper seasons–the early and late rains–so you can bring in your harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil”. – Deuteronomy 11:14

 

 

 

 

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