Rain, Rain And More Rain

J. D. Conley
July 30, 2017

This Spring and Summer have been the wettest we've known them to be in many years. Flash flooding has been widespread and constant. Jokes have been made about building an ark and having Elijah pray for a respite. But all joking aside coupled with sympathy for flood victims, rain is a much needed blessing. Without enough rain life would be hard, and in some cases even impossible.

God's Word has a lot to say about rain. Before the Noahic flood of Genesis chapter 6-8, "God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, instead "there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground" (Gen.2:5,6). The things Noah had "not seen as yet" (Heb. 11:7), were raindrops. But upon completion of the ark, he not only saw raindrops, but forty days and forty nights of non-stop rain. Upon his disembarkment following the destruction of the world, God promised Noah He would never again destroy the earth by a flood. As a token of His promise God gave Noah, [and all generations thereafter], the rainbow, (Gen.9:11-17). As torrential as rain sometimes can be, we can know a global deluge will never take place again.

As God's people let us be thankful for every blessing our Father graciously bestows upon us. Yes, rain may interfere with our plans and work, nevertheless let the rain fall without complaint, keeping in mind these passages, "Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness...For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God" (Acts 14:17; Heb.6:7).

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father"