Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Rain Must Fall

"... For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." - Matthew 5:44-45 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote "In every life a little rain must fall". Such words of wisdom were put to music some years later by the "Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald. Whether writers or singers, soldiers or salesmen, young or old, we all understand this great truth. So why do we ask... "Why me Lord?"
The knowledge that God brings a little rain into every life is a good place to start when we face discouragement. While James tells us to count it all joy when the rain comes, he quickly says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." (James 1:5) Rather than asking "why me Lord?", the better question "what can I learn?"
The Lord also makes His sun to rise on every life, and every child of God will find that - "The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning" (Lamentations 3:22-23) Before we grieve over too much rain, may we ask for wisdom to make sense of it all and look with great expectation for the morning when "the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings." (Malachi 4:2)

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