AN AMAZING FACT: Rain is recycled water that evaporated from the world’s oceans, lakes, and rivers. Rain actually starts off as ice or snow crystals at the cloud level.
Life would be pretty difficult without rain. A lack of precipitation has dramatic effects on agriculture. All plants need some water to survive, so regular rain patterns are necessary. Even too much rain can harm crops. Drought not only can destroy plants but can also increase erosion. Some plants, like cactus, need very little water, whereas some tropical plants require up to 100 inches per year.
God promised rain to the Israelites as a blessing for obedience. “If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:3, 4). But if they were disobedient, there would be curses. “I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze” (v. 19). In other words, there would be no rain. During the time of Elijah, King Ahab’s disobedience brought this covenant curse on Israel. Elijah spoke to Ahab and said, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word” (1 Kings 17:1).
Rain also represents our spiritual need of Jesus, the water of life (John 4:10), and the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 10:1). Ask the Lord for rain to pour on your heart. Seek to walk in obedience and receive this blessing today.
KEY BIBLE TEXTSAnd all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:22
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Whether hope is your first option or whether hope is resignation, never let go of your Father's loving hand. While we try to navigate through these dark and strange times, take hold of your Bible and find comfort in His Word with us. Tune in to Bible Answers Live and you'll learn about the terrible war in Heaven, about the separation of the body and the spirit after death, about the existence of Hell and about Christ's second coming and the joyful Hope we all have IN HIM.All Sermons by Doug Batchelor