Bible Ballistics: BBs #470 Let It Rain???
You may have noticed that I write a lot about rain; living in Oklahoma will do that to you, for we often experience the lack of rain, a difficult thing to experience. So as it is raining this morning I can’t help but think of the parallel between the physical rain and “spiritual” rain for our heart and soul. God wants us to walk with Him and know Him more intimately, and He provides all we need to grow as we commit ourselves to seek His face continually!
“And it shall come to pass,
if ye shall hearken diligently
unto my commandments
which I command you this day,
to love the LORD your God,
and to serve him
with all your heart
and with all your soul,
14 That I will give you the rain of your land
in his due season,
the first rain
and the latter rain,
that thou mayest gather in thy corn,
and thy wine,
and thine oil.
15 And I will send grass in thy fields
for thy cattle,
that thou mayest eat and be full.
16 Take heed to yourselves,
that your heart be not deceived,
and ye turn aside,
and serve other gods,
and worship them;
17 And then the LORD’S wrath
be kindled against you……. ” Deuteronomy 11:13-17a
When we acknowledge God as our total source, we will find power and grace for each day, no matter whether it’s “raining on our parade” or the sun is shinning brightly on our way, God is ever at work on our behalf, is we will just open our eyes!
“Every good gift
and every perfect gift
is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17
Our responsibility is to keep our focus on Jesus rather than our circumstances or difficulties.
“Trust in the LORD
with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways
and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
It is easy in our world of techno-everything, to think that we are self-sufficient and don’t need anything or anyone, yet living with that mindset is a danger to a ‘fruitful’ life for God. We can choose to focus on the world or we can heed The Word of God and live a life focused on HIM, seeing HIS hand in all things around us.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin
which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run
the race that is set
2 Looking unto Jesus
of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Jesus went to the cross that we might “have life”, and have it “more abundantly”, yet we must keep “Looking unto Jesus”—our Lord, our Redeemer, our Friend and our soon-coming KING!!! When we take our eyes off of HIM we can be so easily misled, for the enemy of our soul is ever ready to pounce! We must be diligent, staying in tune with The Holy Spirit’s leading in our every step, remembering that we are NOT alone!!!
“Humble yourselves therefore
under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him;
for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion,
seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith,
knowing that the same afflictions
are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” 1 Peter 5:6-9