As I awoke in the middle of the night, a great pounding on the roof alerted me to the storm, and I jumped out of bed to close the window; then I lay back down snuggling into the warmth and continued to listen. I love the beating of raindrops above my head. It was the fierceness of the pummeling that first awoke me, but as the noise continued a new rhythm told me the rain had softened.
It brought to mind how God’s Word speaks often about the rain. It occasionally compares the Word to the rain, like:
32 Give ear, O heavens,
and I [Moses] will speak;
and let the earth hear
the words of my mouth.
2 My message shall drop as the rain,
my speech shall distil as the dew,
as the light rain upon the tender grass, and as the showers
upon the herb.
3 For I will proclaim the name [and presence] of the Lord.
Concede and ascribe greatness
to our God.
4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect,
for all His ways are law and justice.
A God of faithfulness without breach or deviation, just and right is He.
In this last verse the rain is a shower, gentle and soaking. Sometimes that is what is needed, the Word kindly strokes the heart of the hurting, giving comfort; then too, others may have become weary from a long battle and require a resting Word of encouragement. The rain is a gift of God which He promises when we are obedient and when we honor Him as our Lord and our God~
Deuteronomy 11:13-15 (MSG)
From now on if you listen obediently to the commandments
that I am commanding you today,
love God, your God, and serve him
with everything you have within you,
He’ll take charge of sending the rain at the right time,
both autumn and spring rains,
so that you’ll be able to harvest your grain,
your grapes, your olives.
He’ll make sure there’s plenty of grass for your animals.
You’ll have plenty to eat.
And after last night's showers, the land is green, green, green. lush and lovely! We can enjoy, but we cannot sit at ease, for we must be obedient to God's commands! Nature is under God's control; and rain or its lack can also be a punishment to those who reject God as some in the Bible discovered:
But be vigilant,
lest you be seduced away
and end up serving and
worshiping other gods,
and God erupts in anger and shuts down Heaven
so there’s no rain and
nothing grows in the fields,
and in no time at all
you’re starved out—
not a trace of you left on the good land that God is giving you.
But if God is really angered, the earth knows it. I really found this verse to be powerful in observing the strength and authority of God:
Earth wobbled and lurched;
the very heavens shook like leaves,
Quaked like aspen leaves because of his rage.
His nostrils flared, billowing smoke; his mouth spit fire.
Tongues of fire darted in and out;
He lowered the sky. He stepped down; under his feet an abyss opened up.
He rode a winged creature, swift on wind-wings.
He wrapped himself in a trenchcoat of black rain-cloud darkness.
But his cloud-brightness burst through, a grand comet of fireworks.
Then God thundered out of heaven;
the High God gave a great shout.
He hurled his lightnings—a rout!
The secret sources of ocean were exposed,
the hidden depths of earth lay uncovered
The moment God roared in protest,
let loose his hurricane anger.
As I read this from 2nd Samuel, I wondered about our nation today. We were created to be the leader, caretaker of the world, and God’s people who were to be instrumental in leading many peoples of the earth to God. Instead we are sinking into the pit with Sodom and we shall be destroyed as such if we do not repent and turn our ways back to God.
My friends please be praying about the coming election in the US. It is the most critical time in all history for us. Listen to David’s words about governing:
God’s Spirit spoke through me,
his words took shape on my tongue.
The God of Israel spoke to me,
Israel’s Rock-Mountain said,
“Whoever governs fairly and well,
who rules in the Fear-of-God,
Is like first light at daybreak
without a cloud in the sky,
Like green grass carpeting earth,
glistening under fresh rain.”
And this is just how my regime has been,
for God guaranteed his covenant with me,
Spelled it out plainly
and kept every promised word—
My entire salvation,
my every desire.
But the devil’s henchmen are like thorns
culled and piled as trash;
Better not try to touch them;
keep your distance with a rake or hoe.
They’ll make a glorious bonfire!
Throughout His mighty Word, we find nature is at God’s command. How can we sit still and allow the enemy to take over our nation? Our God is in control, but we cannot just sit back and say “Oh well.” We have a part we must play to allow God access to our world. Remember :
If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves,
pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face
and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin,
and heal their land.
We need to be on our knees praying for our nation, and when the time comes, vote for the one God commands, not the one our human liking leans toward, for God knows all~ past, present, and future. Our children's future is on the line.