I don't suspect that it is God's ultimate plan that our lives be full of rain, but rain does come. Jesus said that the rain falls on the good and the wicked (Matt 4:45) and this wasn't due to any person's particular sin, but simply a reality of life. The real question is: What do we do while we are in the rain?
Maybe you are in the midst of a rainy day in your life and everything seems unsettled and uncertain. The clouds have rolled in and they don't seem to be leaving anytime soon. No matter the theological debate of, 'Did God cause it, is He using it or simply letting it happen?', let us not waste the waiting time. It can be in the darkest times in our lives that true faith grows and matures. God can do a real work in our lives when we are being refined by fire and bring up to the surface was shouldn't be of us.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Don't waste the waiting time. God can handle our questions and we can ask 'why?'. But don't stay there, perpetually stuck on the 'why?', never moving from this state of mind. At some point we also need to ask the question 'what now?'. See, not only does God work in the midst of these times, but He calls us to work as well. He will almost always call us to action, to move forward and do something. So often we can be stuck praying, hoping that God will magically rescue us or fix the situation we are facing. Now, don't get me wrong, the first step is always prayer, but at some point comes a time to perspire, to put that prayer and faith to work.
So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. // James 2:17
Maybe God is calling us to change something, to do something, to be something or simply trust Him and move forward, knowing He will guide us and shape us on the way. Is it possible that the answer to your own prayers is the changed you, the work of the Holy Spirit transforming you into the person and work that will accomplish the very thing you are praying to be resolved? Maybe that is why the rain has come, so that you can become the very thing you need to answer the very prayer you are praying.
When we see the unique partnership of God's refurbishing hand on our lives and us being made into something new, accomplishing new things through Him and His power in us and through us, this not only gives us great reason to rejoice after the fact, but praise Him in the midst of the whole ordeal.
Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. // 2 Cor 1:7, 11
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