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The Purpose of Rain Part 1: Growth & Suffering For A Season

 

It begins in Genesis chapter 1. God said “Let there be light” and there was light (v3). By His word, we witness Him commanding things into existence and creating order. From the beginning, there is a method to how God works and we see that continue into Genesis chapter 2:

 

5When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up- for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground- 7 then the LORD God formed the man of the dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. (Genesis 2: 5-9)

 

No bush or plant, grew without rain. It is common knowledge that in order to yield crop, there are three necessities: water, light and nutrients. This is not just applicable to nature. As followers of Christ, we are called to bear fruit also. From the moment of our salvation, to the day we go to meet the Lord we experience the light- through Christ. Nutrients- His word to sustain us and water in the form of rain- the tests and trials to aid in our growth.

 

When going through storms, at times I find it difficult to understand. There’s a part of me that just wants it to end. But if we take our eyes off of ourselves. Off of our situation. What is God doing? The rain may seem inconvenient now but what is it giving birth to?

Throughout scripture, we witness times of sorrow and times of rejoicing. The disciples, walked with Christ and witnessed many miracles. They saw Him heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons. They eagerly anticipated the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel. If they were anything like us, I can imagine they would be hopeful. Excited. Then, just as things were seemingly falling into place; Jesus gives them the news that He is going to be crucified. Can you imagine what this did to their expectations? They most likely could not make sense of it all. And just like that, after all the miracles they had witnessed and everything they had seen they began to doubt the Word of God.

 

In Luke chapter 24, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and some other women tell the apostles that Jesus had risen. In verse 11, we are told their words seemed to them an idle tale and they did not believe them. Between verses 21 and 22 they state that the chief priests and rulers delivered Christ up to be crucified but they hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. By looking at their situation, they thought it was over but it was not. They did not realise that God’s promise was coming to pass, just not as they predicted. Before opening their eyes and revealing Himself to them, Jesus says:

 

O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets had spoken! Was it not necessary that Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?” (Luke 24: 25-26)

 

Our very own Saviour, had to suffer tremendously before entering into glory. Scripture tells us that the rain falls on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45) When Joseph’s brothers feared that he would repay them back for the wrong they had afflicted upon him, Joseph’s response was ”you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result.” (Gen 50:20)

Whatever you are going through, remember that God will use it for good. Though it doesn’t look like it, or it may not feel like it, He is still at work.

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