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Understand the importance of the rain
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Dear Editor,
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4).
Do you hear the rains speaking?
Do you understand their message?
The rains do not proclaim God’s pleasure in our goodness.
On the contrary, the rains bear witness to God’s mercy and grace. He has given rain not only to the righteous, but also to the unrighteous; not just to the saved, but to the unsaved as well; not simply to the obedient, but to the rebellious; not only to those who love Him, but even to those who hate Him; not to those who are alive in the Spirit only, but to those who are dead in their sins, too.
And as with all mercy, every drop of rain begs us to repent. “Come!” each says, “Come back to Him!”
Yes, the rains sing of God’s desire that none should perish, but that all be brought to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
The rains repeat what the Apostle Paul wrote long ago: “As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:1-3).
Friends, do not turn a deaf ear to the rains.
Do not miss their message.
Rev. Kevin Baxter,
Foundry Methodist Church,
Great Bend