When you pray for rain, don’t forget your raincoat – Pratt Tribune
By Billy Holland billyhollandministries.com
We’ve heard the old adage that life isn’t a bed of roses for as long as we can remember. I get what he’s trying to convey, but I also thought it wouldn’t be so good to lie on a bed of sharp thorns. Nevertheless, the fact is that life will have its ups and downs and most of us will experience our share of difficult times. Whether it’s a financial concern, a medical situation, relationship problems or worry about the state of the world; life is a daily challenge. However, in the midst of all that is happening, we have the possibility of knowing God who is an inexhaustible source of love, authority and hope. We can choose to embrace the encouraging truth that He cares about our problems and believe He has the answers and the power to give us victory, no matter how dark the night or how high our mountain is. “And God is able to bless you abundantly, that in all things and at all times, having all that you need, you may abound in every good work” II Corinthians 9:8.
Yes, there are seasons and potholes in the road, but these trials can help us learn faith and patience, however, God never intended for a crisis to keep us trapped in the bondage to spiritual defeat. Although we are surrounded by negative forces, we can receive divine grace through Christ to dwell in his presence where there is an abundance of joy, security, and peace. In John 10:10-11, Christ says, “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; but I (Jesus) have come that you may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Whatever the situation, God has promised that he wants to save and protect you and bring you through your trials stronger and more confident than ever.
The thoughts of God providing for us are wonderful and true spiritual realities, but there is also a very important element in receiving His abundant blessings and it is our responsibility to believe. If we don’t have faith, it is not only impossible to please him, but very unlikely that his miracles can be activated in our lives. In Jeremiah chapter 29, we see in verse 11 that we are always on his mind and he has planned very good things for us to enjoy. But continuing in context, the next two verses mention that we must take the initiative to call on him, pray and seek his presence with all our hearts, which of course includes the element of trust and assurance. . The knowledge that he can help us must be transformed into a personal revelation that he will.
I remember a story about a small farming community that had experienced a terrible drought. The crops were dying in the fields and everyone was worried and anxious because that’s how they made their living. The pastor of the local church organized a special prayer service for all the townspeople to gather in front of the church and spend some time agreeing in faith that God would send rain. Many people arrived and you could feel the seriousness among the crowd. As the pastor was about to start the meeting, he saw a young girl standing quietly in front. Her eyes were drawn to her bright yellow raincoat and her face beamed with excitement. She was holding a large umbrella and as he would have liked to bring one himself, seeing how she believed suddenly gave him a boost of hope and confidence. The childlike innocence of the little girl warmed his heart when he realized how much faith she possessed. Although the town had gathered to pray for rain, there was no anticipation of getting wet, and he wondered if they really believed a miracle was about to happen.
A life without positive and hopeful expectation of God’s goodness reveals the wretched pessimist who dwells in the shadow of fear, negativity and sadness. The kingdom of darkness as well as our default human nature constantly tells us it’s impossible, it’s risky, it’s hopeless, but faith believes nothing is too hard for God and anything is possible with Him. Each person receives an invitation to place their trust in God, but sadly many choose to embrace doubt instead.
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