ODB: Thoughts On Rain

March 20, 2013

READ: Matthew 5:38-48 

He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. —Matthew 5:45

When torrential downpours beat on the heads of my newly planted petunias, I felt bad for them. I wanted to bring them inside to shelter them from the storm. By the time the rain stopped, their little faces were bowed to the ground from the weight of the water. They looked sad and weak. Within a few hours, however, they perked up and turned their heads skyward. By the next day, they were standing straight and strong.

What a transformation! After pounding them on the head, the rain dripped from their leaves, soaked into the soil, and came up through their stalks, giving them the strength to stand straight.

Because I prefer sunshine, I get annoyed when rain spoils my outdoor plans. I sometimes wrongly think of rain as something negative. But anyone who has experienced drought knows that rain is a blessing. It nourishes the earth for the benefit of both the just and the unjust (Matt. 5:45).

Even when the storms of life hit so hard that we nearly break from the force, the “rain” is not an enemy. Our loving God has allowed it to make us stronger. He uses the water that batters us on the outside to build us up on the inside, so we may stand straight and strong.

— Julie Ackerman Link

Lord, we know that we don’t need to fear the storms
of life. Because You are good, we can trust You
to use even our hard times to build our faith in You.
We lean on You now.

The storms that threaten to destroy us God will use to strengthen us.

Source: Our Daily Bread

1 reply
  1. Ruth
    Ruth says:

    I have always wanted to commend RBC on the wonderful work God is using you for, more grace unto you all in Jesus name. God bless you and please dont reduce the standard and God will continue to bless you. I am based in Nigeria and I wish to do voluntary work in support of the gospel and RBC. Please tell me how to go about it on my email. Thank you all.

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