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8.13.2008

Rain down on us!

I'd like to share with you something I read during my time with the Lord this morning. It's from a devotion book entitled Streams in the Desert. I hope it ministers to you today.


"If clouds are full of water, they
pour rain upon the earth."
Ecclesiastes 11:3

If we believe the message of this verse, then why do we dread the clouds that darken our sky? It is true for a while the dark clouds hide the sun, but it is not extinguished and it will soon shine again. Meanwhile those clouds are filled with rain, and the darker they are, the more likely they are to bring plentiful showers.

How can we have rain without clouds? Our troubles have always brought us blessings, and they always will, for they are the dark chariots of God's bright and glorious grace. Before long the clouds will be emptied, and every tender plant will be happier due to the showers. Our God may drench us with grief, but He will refresh us with His mercy. Our Lord's love letters often come to us in dark envelopes. His wagons may rumble noisily across the sky, but they are loaded with benefits. And His rod blossoms with sweet flowers and nourishing fruits. So let us not worry about the clouds. Instead, let us sing because May flowers are brought to us through April clouds and showers.

O Lord, "clouds are the dust of [your] feet"! (Nah. 1:3). Help us remember how near You are during the dark and cloudy days! Love beholds You and is glad. Faith see the clouds emptying themselves and thereby making the hills on every side rejoice. (written by C.H. Spurgeon)


Oh Father, how I praise You today for the storm clouds of life! Just as the seedling won't sprout and grow without being watered from above, my life won't bloom and flourish without being rained upon by the Living Waters of life that come from the throne of God. Today Lord, we welcome the showers. Rain down upon us Your immeasurable blessings.

3 Lovely Thoughts Shared:

Krista said...

I love the analogy and it won't soon be forgotten. It's a good example to share with Sunday School (11th /12th graders). The Lord is really using you to encourage me lately!

Send some rain, Lord!
Krista

Anonymous said...

Great devotional "rain down on us" you bless my heart -- one of His showers of blessing on me!!

Love,
Mom

Dotwigg said...

what an awesome new perspective. What a way to look at the storms and God's awesome provisions.