(Red-letter portions of the New Testament)

Matthew 5:45, "Be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

Jesus acknowledges that it is God who sends rain and it effects the just and unjust alike. This has been a record-breaking season with rain. It has caused great concern for farmers, effected the markets, and may send some to bankruptcy.

I remember during a drought, when ministers climbed in a plane and flew above the Quad Cities and prayed for rain. Elijah prayed that it would not rain and it didn't, for 3 1/2 years. He prayed again and it rained. Farmers and others have been praying for the rains to stop. Our Father in Heaven hears our prayers about the rain, but he has his own will. Jesus prayed that the cup of crucifixion would pass him by, but, either way, for God's will to be done. He was crucified and God's will was done.

Why would it be God's will to have so much rain and make it difficult for us? Why was it God's will to crucify Jesus? He has his reasons. Maybe we have forgotten him, except to pray for the rain to stop. When Solomon was done building the temple, God spoke to him on the subject of rain.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 “When I shut up the heavens, so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land, or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Sometimes, God has to get our attention through creation, so we will come back to Him. Jesus said to know the sign of the times, not just the signs of coming weather.

Matthew 16:2, "When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times."

As a culture, we have forgotten God, unless we want something done that is out of our control, like the rain. Maybe we should humble ourselves, get back to church, and continually seek his face, not just the end of rain.

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