Bible Ballistics: BBs #493  Sunny Or Rainy???

 

Be patient therefore, brethren,

unto the coming of the Lord.

Behold, the husbandman

waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth,

and hath long patience for it,

until he receive the early

and latter rain.

8 Be ye also patient;

stablish your hearts:

for the coming of the Lord

draweth nigh.”   James 5:7-8

If you’ve been following Bible Ballistics for a while, you know that I often talk about the rain, for as we often say here in Oklahoma, “Never knock a rain in Oklahoma!” That’s because we are often dry and regularly wrestle with drought, so when the showers come, they are usually a blessing, but as we’ve seen recently in parts of our country, the rain can often bring disaster. But what about the sunshine? Sometimes we wrestle with extreme heat, so where is the blessing? The blessing is in the hand of our Almighty God who is totally in charge, and we can trust Him in the sunshine or the rain. He is worthy of our trust and our love—and if we will be learn to lean on Him and abide in Him, His Word and His love, He will surpass our greatest expectations.

But as it is written,

Eye hath not seen,

nor ear heard,

neither have entered into the heart of man,

the things

which God hath prepared

for them that love him.”    1 Corinthians 2:9

When we can get our heats and minds around the awesome love and care of our God for us, we would have less stress and more peace. We often cause our own stress when we try to carry our load and direct our own steps rather than looking to the very God and creator of all things around us—the One who has promised to meet us where we are and lead us nearer to His heart.

My brethren, count it all joy

when ye fall into divers temptations;

3 Knowing this,

that the trying of your faith

worketh patience.

4 But let patience

have her

perfect work,

that ye may be perfect

and entire,

wanting nothing.

5 If any of you lack wisdom,

let him ask of God,

that giveth to all men liberally,

and upbraideth not;

and it shall be given him.” James 1:2-5

If I might presume to paraphrase—

Praise God in the sunshine and the rain—

He’s working His ways into our hearts and minds—

Yield to the work of God’s crucible—

As He conforms us into the image of His Son!

If you don’t understand—

Ask God—

He will reveal the answers in HIS time—

And He’ll teach you things—

That will be a priceless treasure to YOU!

Even as Jesus Himself reminds us:

I am

the true vine,

and my Father

is the husbandman.

2 Every branch

in me

that beareth not fruit

he taketh away:

and every branch

that beareth fruit,

he purgeth it,

that it may bring forth

more fruit.

3 Now ye are clean

through the word

which I have spoken unto you.

4 Abide in me,

and I in you.

As the branch cannot bear fruit

of itself,

except it abide

in the vine;

no more can ye,

except ye abide in me.

5 I am

the vine,

ye are

the branches:

He that abideth in me,

and I in him,

the same bringeth forth much fruit:

for without me ye can do nothing.”  John 15:1-5

Whether your skies are sunny or pouring rain, remember God loves you, and it’s all in HIS hands. So, abide, press on and Praise His Name—He loves you. Amen & Amen!