Deuteronomy 11:13-14 (NLT)
“If you carefully obey all the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the LORD your God and serve him with all your heart and soul, 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.”
Everyone was excited. The first home game of the football season was filled with anticipation. About three hours before game time, the clouds began rolling in but all were still hopeful that it would blow right by. There had not been a drop of rain for almost three weeks so certainly God would allow for one more day of sunshine. Two hours before game time, as the sky grew darker a storm passed by. It did not last long and it wandered on past. Surely we had been granted a reprieve, so loading up two cars with happy fans, we set off for the stadium. Pulling into the parking lot, the sky masked again with dark rain clouds but hope was still prevailing as we trudged to the field. Just as we walked into the gates, the heavens opened a torrential downpour ensued and half of our crew completely drenched while others barely making it in. I will be the first to admit that I hate to watch a ballgame in the rain and had already resigned myself to sitting in the concourse watching it on the television waiting for everyone else. I love my team, but I do have common sense. With no thunder or lightening, just some water droplets continuously falling from the sky the show must go on. The band played. The announcer commentated. The fans cheered from beneath heavy ponchos and various raingear. I couldn’t help but smile from my limited vantage point. There used to be a time when the rain really put me out. Such an outcome would make me mad and insufferable as I would be ready to go home whether anyone else was or not. But not anymore…the Lord has changed my heart when it comes to rain. God sends rain in proper seasons.
Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT)
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
My life is hand crafted by God, the Father who is the Creator of Heaven and earth. My story is handwritten in the finest handprint from beginning to end. It has a plan and purpose to be fulfilled in each moment. There are people whose very existence is impacted by my person. There is not one wasted second in my life but the Master’s Hand turning the wheel when I rebel and go my own way. He molds and shapes me into the New Creation that He promised I would be even when I am not sure that the Lord is not concerned about me. I was created to be a Child of the Living God which is my true identity. My life should be a reflection of my Father’s Love as He makes all things work together for good in my life. That’s what a good father does. That is the plan of God the Father. Do not limit your potential by expecting earthly outcomes from a supernatural all-power Godhead working in your life. You were made for so much more do not sell yourself short for substitutions and counterfeits. When our plan stops working, it is the perfect time to allow His Plan to start coming to pass. Rain does not mean a delay or even defeat. Rain promotes growth in every season even person winds of change are followed by showers of blessing for God’s People.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)
“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit.”
“If you carefully obey all the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the LORD your God and serve him with all your heart and soul…” Blessed are those who trust the Lord. They are likes trees planted with roots that reach deep into the water. In order to experience rain in proper season that produce a harvest of joy and blessing in our life, we must learn to carefully obey all the commands that God is giving us today. The Word of God is relevant and for today. Nothing in it should be ignored or dismissed as old-fashioned or invalid. The vast gray area of believers who say that they love the Lord but pick and choose acts of obedience will soon become a chasm of sin and shame that will swallow them up in judgment. God does not compromise. There are but two sides – good and evil. Gray, compromise and middle-of-the-fence are manmade methods of rebellion and sidestepping God’s Way to have our own way. We want the best of both world’s heaven and earth. God does not tolerate duplicity. He hates it in fact. (Proverbs 20:10) Jesus Christ is not interest in a casual friendship but a passionate love affair. Lukewarm people make Him vomit from the Throne! (Revelation 3:16) Those who desire the Blessings of God to flow through their life must tap in to the Presence of God and Realm of Hope found only in Jesus to grow in rainy seasons producing deep roots that stay forever attached to Living Water. It will not always rain. Droughts will come and go. But even in the driest season, the righteous people will prosper and never stop producing fruit. We must learn to stand strong in the wind, look past the rain and gaze over the waves to see the Hand of the Lord at work in our life. All these distractions will lead us off course unless we are rooted and grounded in the Love of God by a faith so strong that it has become a trustworthy anchor for our soul in the hope that is to come. (Hebrews 6:19) Rain allows us to push through the broken ground of our hardened hearts (Psalm 65:10) to the secret place God has hidden there. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) He is allowing us time to grow deep roots in His Love until we are unaffected by natural downpours and waiting on His Outpouring.
I Kings 19:11-12 (NLT)
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
God always sends rain in proper seasons. One more time, the Lord always sends rain in proper seasons. Just because the storm, wind, rain, or even earthquake messed up your timing and plan, it was all written before time began for you and is going as God planned it. See God is not concerned with our everyday life as much as we would like to think. Now don’t go getting your ruffles are in a huff. Of course, God cares about every detail of our life. He has counted every hair on our head. (Matthew 10:30) The Lord catches every tear and keeps it. (Psalm 56:8) In fact, Psalm 139 tells us that God examines our heart each morning. He knows when we stand up or lie down and is with us wherever we go. He goes before us and follows closely behind. The Lord keeps His Hand of Blessing on our head. The Presence of God is inescapable as He is consumed with love for His People. He loves us so very much that He has provided EVERYTHING we need for this life from His Riches in Glory. (Philippians 4:19) He has planned every day of our life including every that we need. (Jeremiah 29:11) It is a good plan with a future and hope. The provision and prosperity of the earth was set in motion in Genesis. But prosperity of the soul begins on the earth to be fully received in Revelation or when Jesus comes for His Bride. THEREFORE, since the Lord is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End including the Author and Finisher of Faith, the hope that we are after and future we seek is that of eternal life. It is the securing of one’s soul that is the prize at the finish line and the reward of all who seek Him. You can have a good life without God because the rain falls on the just and unjust (Matthew 5:45), but Eternal Life and Salvation are reserved for those who seek the Lord wholeheartedly. Elijah would be considered a successful prophet in his influence on the earth, but God was more interested in the man’s heart. God told Elijah to go stand before Him on the mountain. Ironic since faith should be able to move mountains. Elijah had lost sight of the Power of God in his life. God was just getting his attention moving him back into His Plan so the prophet did not wander off course. God was not in the storm but the still small voice rising up inside the prophet until he could hear the Lord above all the elements of nature. Living water is inside of you. It is for your benefit from the deep roots that have been produced as faith has been cultivated into confident hope in the Plan of God for your life. It is for the future…because God has already supplied EVERYTHING you need for today. You just have to trust the Lord by faith and believe Him enough to do what He says, the Windows of Heaven open and all His Blessings and Promises come pouring out. (Malachi 3:10)
Philippians 2:12-16 (NLT)
Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.
Sitting in the stadium listening to the rain, I couldn’t help but smile withholding laughter at the change of heart God has produced in my life. In the stands around me sat my family, all of my children except my oldest son who was in my heart as they honored the military personnel this particular day. When the anthem played, I felt honored to have a son among those who faithfully served more than just himself. Another son sitting in a press box, a warrior in his own right fighting cancer valiantly loving and trusting God. My husband and daughters huddled in the rain. Not to mention my other daughter and her precious friend enjoying some fellowship with youth pastor and friends on the other end seemingly oblivious to the water falling on their heads. My flock scattered amongst over 80,000 seats would usually make me crazy but not right now. I am thankfully at peace because God has got it all under control. In every life a little rain must fall, it is ordained by God. It is for our good. It will produce a harvest in the proper season protected from abortion or drought as God knows when the time is just right. I will wait on the Lord and look for His Divine Glory in each moment. Who knew the joy that could be found in the rain? Who can every comprehend a God that provides for every moment working to not only give us a good life but prepare us for forever with Him. You don’t have to work hard to produce anymore just wait on the rain. In the meantime, cultivate your field of faith by following His Commandments, walking in obedience on the Highway of Holiness avoiding the gray areas of life as they are deadly detours off-course. Strive to obey God in EVERY SINGLE area of life and there will be a harvest in that place because of His Outpouring in your life. Do not allow the enemy to steal your joy and peace due to natural disasters in life but tap into the Living Water with deep roots of confident hope choosing to live what you believe. It is with such a thought that I left the dryness of the concourse, choosing to step into the misting rain and enjoy the game with some of the greatest blessings in my life. Don’t let the rain keep you from having all that God promised! Dance in the rain! Laugh in the rain! It is all in God’s Proper season to prosper your life!
Psalm 68:5-10 (NLT)
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. O God, when you led your people out from Egypt, when you marched through the dry wasteland, the earth trembled, and the heavens poured down rain before you, the God of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. You sent abundant rain, O God to refresh the weary land. There your people finally settled, and with a bountiful harvest, O God, you provided for your needy people.
Psalm 84:5-7 (NLT)
What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.
Psalm 143:6 (NLT)
I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.