GOODNESS GRACIOUS

By Tommy Rush

There’s been a lot of rain during the past few weeks. Just this week, it rained on Sunday, all day Monday and Tuesday and most of the day Wednesday. If you’re a weather watcher you probably know how many inches of rain fell and the forecast for next week. I don’t consider myself a weather watcher, but I am in the process of renovating a house and currently we’re in between having the old roof removed and the new roof being put on. It’s an understatement to say that I’ve been checking the weather report this week a little more than usual.

It seems like the day we removed the old roof, the rain has not quit. Rain and Roof are two words I’m saying a lot these days in my praying. My wife has been reminding me every time I turn on the weather channel that when we watch the weather report we are watching the hand of God. I love how she always sees things better than me. Some people watch a weather report and think that it’s all just random developments unfolding on a weather map. But those who love and belong to the Lord know there’s nothing random about it. They see the hand of God in everything and especially the weather. I once heard it said that the Weather Channel should be called the Worship Channel, because few things reveal the power of God more than seeing God at work in the weather. It’s a powerful reminder that we are not in control and God is.

In Job 37 we read that “God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; He does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that all men He has made may know His work, He stops every man from His labor.” That last phrase, “He stops every man from His labor,” is the one that really caught my attention today.

Yes, we’ve all been frustrated by the weather, delayed by the weather and redirected by the weather. Maybe a stormy wind is blowing in your life right now. If so, remember God’s grace and goodness is sufficient. Maybe He is even using the storm to blow you right into His arms! I have no doubt that He always loves us and He sometimes uses unexpected thunderstorms, bright sunny days, cold days and extremely hot days to turn our eyes on Him and to line us up with His plans which are always best! I can definitely testify that a week of rain, while waiting on a roofer will increase your prayer life. It has mine!


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