Friday, October 2, 2015

When the rain comes ...

When the rain comes ...

So are you ready for the storm? Hum—am I ready for the storm?

Those of us in parts of Eastern United States are listening to the rain fall and wondering just how bad it’s going to get. After about a week of rain already, the forecast calls for downpours today and tomorrow, using words like “dangerous winds and historic flooding.” Hurricane Joaquin is threatening much of the East coast. (It has already begun, in fact.)

Side note – according to Wikipedia, the origin of the name Joaquin is Hebrew, meaning “lifted by Yahweh.”  Yahweh is a Hebrew word for God. I’m not trying to read anything into this fact, but do think it is interesting.

Yesterday, near my friend's home
SO—it’s been raining; it’s raining now; and it looks like more is going to fall onto our saturated ground for two or three more days. The whole scenario could be extremely problematic, especially for people living in low lying areas.

WOW! Does this not sound like LIFE! God’s Word says, for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Matt. 5:45).
Jesus said, These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will  have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

David Wilkerson wisely wrote, “I would be lying if I told you that Christians will observe sorrow, trouble, unemployment and depression on all sides while they themselves remain safe within a cozy cocoon of health and wealth. The Bible says God causes the rain to fall on both the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). Job was holy—yet he suffered! But just as God brought Job out of his affliction, so He will bring us out even though we, too, will go through the fire.” *

This morning one of my Carolina Facebook friends posted:

Generator working✔. Chainsaw working✔. Gutters cleaned out✔.
Tub filled with water in case power goes out leaving us with no water✔. Clean water in pots for kitchen use✔. We're ready for the storm but pray it doesn't develop as predicted.

People all over the area are ready and getting ready for high winds and flooding rains.

Spiritually speaking, are we ready? Are we ready for the wind and rain that will come in varying forms to disrupt smooth sailing in life?  What trials are flooding your life at this moment?
Whether it be weather related storms or life storms, it pays to be ready. Like my Facebook Friend, we need to be ready.

We need a working generator. If we’re not connected to God, our power source of life and strength, we’ll likely crumble when darkness encircles us. (John 15:5)

We need a working chainsaw. When heavy limbs fall across our path we need the power of the Holy Spirit to clear the way as only He can. (Romans 8:11)

We best have the gutters cleaned out to make way for the unobstructed flow of hurt and offence so we can shed harmful debris and keep our sights set on our Maker, who is the Author and Finisher of our faith. (Col. 3:2)

We need a store of water to refresh our bodies. (Ezekiel 36:25)

We need fresh pure water to refresh our spirits. Only God can do this. Let’s wash ourselves from the inside out with the Word of God.  (Ephesians 5:26) (Psalm 42:1)

Let’s pray! Actually, let’s do this first. Prayer is our sacred assignment. In all things we are to pray. Let’s not wait until trials rush in like a flood. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

 “In the midst of your trial, some of you already have adopted the despairing language of Job. Your heart cries out, ‘God, what did I do wrong? I don't understand why this calamity has fallen on me when I loved You most, my walk was holy, my heart pure, and my spirit was longing after You. It seems like the closer I draw to You, the deeper I fall into trouble and the more sorrows come.’ We do not realize how important it is to God that we trust Him through all the floods of trouble that come upon us from hell. You see, the devil cannot touch you or test you unless God first lets down the wall and allows it.” *David Wilkerson

Above, I mentioned that people living in low lying areas are subject to exceptional trials during heavy rains. Let’s look at that in terms of life—Are you living in a low level of life? –Perhaps in deep sin or you’re simply not in sync with God? If so, you’re subjecting yourself to exceptional difficulties. Let the Lord, your Creator, lift you to a higher plane. He wants to; He’s not mad at you; and He loves you with unfailing love.

As you finish reading this post let’s look up and be lifted up out of the floods that seem to be closing in. Just as the deer is refreshed by a cool drink of water let’s be refreshed by God’s Word and His promises to those who love and serve Him. Please watch, listen, and be lifted -- youtube: 
©Connie Wohlford 2015

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