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Rainy Faith

I’m in San Antonio, Texas. Day two of vacation promised adventure on the famous Riverwalk, authentic Spanish cuisine, and hours of glorious soaking in the rooftop jacuzzi. Yet, here I sit on my hotel bed. The beautifully-situated, historically-rich bank turned hotel is exquisite. Amenities and upgrades have blessed us. Still, I am stuck.

My plans are circling like a plane of passengers waiting to land and begin adventures of their own. Why? This long-awaited respite from the mundane routine of daily responsibilities acquiesces to a holding pattern because of rain. Not just a light refreshing rain. It is a torrential downpour full of lightning, thunder and rain. Lots of it.

Is there a purpose for the rain? Of course, there is. “For the rain … [comes] down from heaven and [does] not return there but waters the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater.” (Isaiah 55:10-11 ESV) At the moment, the purpose for the rain does little to placate my disappointment related to delayed adventure. Vacation comes with time constraints. At some point, I have to go home, right?

My current situation indicates the rain is purposeless. It is not strengthening my sense of adventure; it is leaving me frustrated with hopes of a quick end to the storm. From a spiritual parallel, God’s Word promises purpose when life delights, dismays, delays or destroys. God’s Word produces faith. In fact, it is the only guaranteed faith breeding ground. Why do you suppose that is?

Have you ever held your closed Bible on your lap, circled your finger in the air, lifted your eyes and said something akin to “God, show me what to do”; then, your Bible falls open and your finger randomly lands on a verse that says something like…. “He has told you, O, man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 ESV) Okay, it didn’t work that time in a way to support my illustration.

Let’s try again… “And one shall take from it a handful of the fine flour of the grain offering and its oil and all the frankincense that is on the grain offering and burn this as its memorial portion on the altar, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.” (Leviticus 6:15 ESV) That’s a better picture of trying to ascertain meaning from God’s Word when facing postponed purpose by chance instead of allowing experienced truth to drive our perspective.

Like rain falls to the earth with deep purpose, so does God’s Word come to our lives with deep purpose. The purpose is fulfilled when God’s Word is a persistent part of our everyday living. We plant the seeds of Scripture. The Scripture sprouts faith. “And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6 TPT) Isn’t it amazing that God prepared a guarantee for us to please Him? We get caught up in experiences, actions, ideas, or feelings. Faith grows by none of these but by His Word alone. (Romans 10:17 NASB)

“Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen … Faith empowers us to see … And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who passionately seek him.” (Hebrews 11:1-6 TPT)

The rain is doing its things for the seeds that are already planted. It is even providing me additional rest in the beauty of my hotel before the outdoor adventure begins whereby I gain strength, make memories with my children exploring the indoor pool and jacuzzi followed by some black and white television episodes from years ago. That’s not the adventure I had planned but it is the adventure I am gifted because of the rain.

God’s Word can do its thing best in your storm if the seed is settled in the dirt before the torrent begins. Plant some seed right now. You may want to start with Hebrews 11! Read it with a friend, a child, a spouse… with somebody… and diagnose the state of your planting field!

1 Comment

God’s Word is our Guide at all times whether rain or shine.

The steps of a righteous person are led by the Lord and He delights in Him. Psalm 37:23

All things work for the good of those who love God Romans 8:28.

Blessings 🙏

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