Let it Rain!

I drove to work this morning in the rain – heavy rain. The rain slowed down the traffic and increased each drivers’ attention and intensity.

I could not help but think about rain in the Bible. I know that God brought the rain in Genesis 7 when “the windows of heaven were opened.” God’s judgment came because of the great sin in the land. The Lord rained down on Sodom sulfur and fire. God at times would stop the rain to get his people’s attention. “When heaven is shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, if they pray toward this place and acknowledge your name and turn from their sin, when you afflict them, then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk, and grant rain upon your land, which you have given to your people as an inheritance.” (1 Kings 8:35, 36)

But most often rain speaks of God’s provision and His grace.

The early rains were a blessing to the farmer and his crop while the latter rains were an extra special blessing to expand the crop before the harvest (Jeremiah 5:24). The Lord provided food for his people by raining down manna (Psalm 78:24).

You and I are blessed by the rain of God’s grace. His rain of common grace falls on all mankind as he blesses with life itself, skills and wisdom. Those who know Jesus have experienced his special grace involving life in Christ, the indwelling Spirit, the promise of his abiding presence, answered prayers, and the list goes on and on.

While we may want these April showers to come to an end, we are thankful for the rain of God’s grace and we rejoice in it.

I like the tagline of Todd Agnew’s rendition of “Amazing Grace”:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see so clearly

Chorus
Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Chorus
Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away

When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing Your praise
Than when we first begun

Chorus
Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away

One Response to Let it Rain!
  1. Robert Wegner

    Thank you for reminder of God’s grace. Whenever it rains, I’ll think of God’s goodness.