Rain

Rain… This word came to my mind because we were awakened at 6 am to the sound of raindrops. We scrambled a little to put a few items that were outside under the awning.

Rain in Cyprus in the month of August is unheard of. A friend at the grocery store said she has been here 24 years and has never seen rain in Cyprus in August. I read that Haifa had a rain shower yesterday. Having lived in Israel before here, we know how rare that is. Rain, even in September is highly unlikely. It wasn’t a hard rain this morning, but enough to “dampen” the ground.

Rain is important in the Word. There are several times that God tells the Children of Israel that He will withhold rain if they do not follow His Words.

Amos 4:7 “I withheld the rain from you three months before the harvest. I made it rain on one city and not on another —one field had rain, while another with no rain dried up;

There is an interesting story in Ezra 10:13-14 about when the Children of Israel sinned against God and married foreign women. They didn’t want to stand out in the rain during the “rainy season.” They sent the leaders to represent the community.

13 But there are many people, and it’s the rainy season — we can’t stay out here in the open. Also, it isn’t the work of a day or two; for there are many of us who have committed this crime. 14 Let our leaders represent the whole community; and let all those in our cities who have married foreign women appear at prearranged times, accompanied by the elders and judges of each city; until our God’s fierce anger over this has been turned away from us.”

In the book of Acts (chapter 14:15-17), right before the stoning of Paul this is what Paul and Barnabas told the people:

15 “Men! Why are you doing this? We’re just men, human like you! We are announcing Good News to you — turn from these worthless things to the living God who made heaven and earth and the sea and everything in them! 16 In times past, he allowed all peoples to walk in their own ways; 17 yet he did not leave himself without evidence of his nature; because he does good things, giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons, filling you with food and your hearts with happiness!”

God does allow people to “live in their sin” at times. Sometimes He will allow rain. Sometimes He will withhold rain. Sometimes He will do good things in spite of what people do. Other times He will allow their demise and have them struggle.

We should be in a season of seeking Him. We should be in a place of asking Him for His Truth. We should be focusing on Who He is and His greatness, while striving to let our lights shine for Him. Although I often struggle with complaining and become like the Children of Israel, I pray I am learning to strengthen my faith and trust in WHO my Father is and that HE knows what is best.

That as I seek Him and His TRUTH I will not be like Israelites who turned from His Promises and did their own thing.

If we are being a light and love to those around us, than we will make a difference. If we are showing those we come in contact with His grace, than we will be a blessing of rain to them. The song, “There shall be showers of blessing” comes to my mind.

There shall be showers of blessing:

This is the promise of love;

There shall be seasons refreshing,

Sent from the Savior above.

 Showers of blessing,

 Showers of blessing we need;

 Mercy-drops round us are falling,

 But for the showers we plead.

There shall be showers of blessing-

 Precious reviving again;

Over the hills and the valleys,

Sound of abundance of rain.

There shall be showers of blessing;

Send them upon us, O Lord!

Grant to us now a refreshing;

Come, and now honor Thy Word.

There shall be showers of blessing;

O that today they might fall,

Now as to God we’re confessing,

 Now as on Jesus we call!

There shall be showers of blessing,

 If we but trust and obey;

There shall be seasons refreshing,

 If we let God have His way.

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When we are following His Truths, we will find ourselves refreshed and in abundance. We need His drops of mercy every day. We want HIS revival. The words “Now as to God we’re confessing, Now as on Jesus we call!” should be our hearts cry. And the last verse, “If we but trust and obey; There shall be seasons refreshing, If we let God have His way.”

Words we need to be reminded of as we walk out these crazy times and days. It isn’t going to get easier. God’s Word has made that clear.

Ground yourself in HIS Truth. Focus on what He is doing. Let Him bring you the refreshing.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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