Here is a devotional thought I wrote back in May of 2010 after heavy rains pounded West Tennessee…I thought I would share it in light of the rains we have received this week in Alabama…
“Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praises to our God on the lyre, who covers the heavens with clouds, who provides rain for the earth, who makes grass to grow on the mountains.” – Psalm 147:7-8
The first thing that I would like to share with you is the fact that you oftentimes hear me pray, “Thank you God for the rain that you have provided that waters your earth.” But as of late, can I honestly pray such a prayer to the Lord, considering the floods that impacted our region? My answer to that question is that I believe I can. Thanking God for the rain does not mean that you are requesting more rain. It simply means that you are thankful for the rain that God provided. God could have chosen to rain down coals of fire upon us, but by His mercy He chose to give us cool refreshing drops of water, and for that I am very thankful.
Secondly, instead of complaining about the recent flood waters, there is much to be thankful about. God did not have to stop the rain Sunday. It was an act of grace that the sun peeked through the clouds that afternoon. You see, your perspective must be telescopic not microscopic. If all you do is microscopically look at yourself and your own situation, you will miss out on the greater telescopic view of God accomplishing His purposes through the events of the flood in other people’s lives.
A third thought I have had has to do with God’s promise in scripture to never again destroy the earth by floodwaters, and this promise represented by the bow in the sky (Genesis 9:13-15). I saw some real flooded areas as I drove up to Jackson Monday morning to make a hospital visit. The swampy marshlands by the river on the east side of town were swelled like never before. The farm across from our future church property was under water. The area around the intersection of Royal St. and Hwy 45 close to the fairgrounds looked like a lake. But all of these flooded areas were pale in comparison to what is recorded in the Genesis flood account; for the tallest mountain in the world was 20 feet under water (Genesis 7:20)! I am certainly not trying to diminish the recent flood events in our area, for they are quite devastating and no doubt quite foreign to us. But it would be good for us to see our recent local flood in light of the great universal flood of the bible. By comparing the two floods, I was reminded of three things in particular; the awesome power of almighty God, how God keeps his promises to us, and the mercy of God.
A final thought on rain has been developed in my mind after reading a devotional on rain written by Dr. John Piper. Rain is a miracle. We might take it for granted, but rain is no doubt a miracle. But we do not think about how rain drops reflect the awesomeness of God. Think about it. Rain is a great and unsearchable wonder brought about by God. For instance, if one inch of rain falls upon one square mile, it is 17,377,536 gallons of water which is 144,735,360 pounds of water. But God does not dump it all at once, for it would crush us. God gracefully dribbles millions of pounds of water down in little drops. And these drops have to be big enough that they do not evaporate, and yet small enough that they do not crush us. God in His awesomeness does all of this, simply by His word.
I want to encourage you to also ponder upon the topic of rain, and as you do so, ask God to teach you His great and mighty purposes. And don’t just ponder upon rain; ask God to help you ponder on every area of life, so that you will develop a teachable spirit.