Bring The Rain

“Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground. Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God, Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.”

Psalm 147:5-8  

The bible speaks a lot about storms, figuratively and literally. God uses the rain to accomplish so much, most often to water the earth so that crops grow and to provide fresh water for human consumption, so as to sustain our lives. Did you know the bible speaks of storms at times as acts of God to get our attention and to teach us about our need for Him? We each face storms in life that are designed by God to help fashion our faith, to strengthen our inner man and to give us confidence in the Lord when trials come our way. Remember, this is not heaven! It’s been well said, we are either in a storm, coming out of one, or preparing to enter into one.

Yesterday it rained in Bakersfield. Besides watering the earth and providing drinking water the rains also revealed the leaks we have in our church roofs and each time it does we discover new leaks as well as some old faithful ones too. Almost every building ends up with water spots on the ceiling tiles, and with the water damage we are able to locate the leaks which gives us opportunity to repair the problems before they become bigger problems. Great life lessons on procrastination for sure!

Have you ever considered that the problem is never really the problem. The rain is not our problem as we had holes in our roof before the rains came. The rains merely exposed the holes that were already there. I love the life lessons the Lord provides for us if we will take time to stop and listen.

All of us you have holes in our lives, places that leak that may look fine from a distance but when the storms of life come they reveal something about us, some area of our lives that needs attention, a touch of God. The leaks in our life reveal a need of repair so that when future storms come, bigger storms, we can withstand them. The bible makes clear that life doesn’t make us, life simply reveals what we are made of and where and what we are building our lives on. Jesus is a rock and when we build our lives on Him we can withstand any storm that comes our way.

The good news today, loved one is we can shore up the areas of our lives where we see the potential for damage, the rain spots in our lives so to speak. Jesus is the Master Carpenter and He can repair the damage caused by any leaks we may suffer. The key is to take inventory of our lives today after every little storm and to call out to God when we see water spots. There is an old saying, little’s make bigs” so know that the water spots God allows us to see today need attention now so they don’t become a total collapse during the next storm.

It makes not difference if the leak is big or small, there is nothing too difficult for God. The key is don’t put off until tomorrow what God can fix today. Remember, little’s make bigs! Most things left to themselves don’t get better they get eventually get worse. No need to do a Google search looking for a roofing contractor. Take God at His Word when the storms of life hit you. Dial Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” His work is rock solid!

“He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

Luke 6:48-49


Michael Osthimer





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