3 Reminders from the Rain
It’s been an extremely wet winter in Kentucky—not snow—rain. Just when you think the rain is over, it starts again. It recently has started flooding. We’re over-saturated. People have been making memes, jokes, and threats to move. God promised to never destroy humanity again by flooding the earth, but He didn’t make any promises about Kentucky.
The overabundance of rain has led to an abundance of complaints. Folks are tired of being wet. They’re tired of being stuck inside. All in all I think they’re just tired. If seasonal depression is actually true then Kentucky needs to hire a group of seasonal counselors. Everyone is over it.
That being said, we can turn the rain into a positive reminder. Here are three things an abundance of rain can serve to remind us about God.
God is All Powerful
God controls the weather. He controls the rain, snow, sleet, wind and hail. It all exists to serve His purposes. He never runs out of rain. He can send as much as He wants where He wants when He wants. The fact that God is in control of every piece of weather over every inch of land at every moment in time should cause us to marvel.
God’s power is an incredible thing. It is not something we should take lightly. It should be something that causes a holy reverence in us. When Jesus calmed the raging sea in front of His disciples their response proves this point. Matthew 8:27 says, “And the men marveled, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?’” We see the disciples marveled at Jesus’ power. They were in awe. This was just a singular place at a single point in time. If we really think about God controlling the weather literally everywhere and all the time we should marvel.
God Knows Better than Us
We often think our way is best. The truth is that we make mistakes. We can’t know every circumstance behind every situation that will affect decisions we make. I have made more than my fair share of poor choices—choices where I would have definitely picked the opposite way if I had known the outcome of the path I decided to travel. It is not so with God.
God is all-knowing. He knows everything about every single thing. He knows how everything will be affected by sending an abundance of rain all the way down to the tiniest organisms. He knows how everything will be affected by not sending rain for a long amount of time. He knows what will happen if He does one thing versus another. This again should cause us to marvel.
In knowing all things, God ensures that His purposes will come to pass. His knowledge combined with His power allow Him to achieve His desired outcome, which brings us to our next point…
God’s Purposes Can’t Be Stopped
As we said above, God’s power combined with His knowledge ensures that His purposes will stand. He cannot be stopped. You and I can easily be frustrated with our plans. James (Jesus’ brother) makes this clear in his letter when he says that we should say if the Lord wills then we will do this or that. God cannot be frustrated. He testifies to this fact in Isaiah when he says, “for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,” (Isaiah 46:9b-10).
We can also take heart that God has good purposes because His very nature is good. In knowing all things and being powerful enough to achieve them, we can trust that a God with a good nature will have good purposes. In fact, as Christians, we know He is working all things for our good. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
There is comfort in worshiping and knowing the God whose purposes will come to pass. There is even greater comfort in knowing He is working all things for our good. When we meditate on who God is we realize His power, knowledge, and will are just scratching the surface of His attributes. But fixing our eyes on Him should cause us to worship.
We may need an ark here in Kentucky before it’s all said and done (good thing we have one in the northern part of the state), but God has purposes for all this rain. He is good and we can trust that even though we’re sick of it, He has good plans. Now to HIm belongs the glory forever and ever, Amen.