Nobody likes a rainy day.

Nobody likes a rainy day. Living in England, when the sun is shining, we tend to feel upbeat and relaxed. When it rains, we are more likely to feel cooped up and fed up. If it’s the weekend and we have made plans for summery, outdoor activities, we will probably be thoroughly annoyed! Some years ago, however, I was given a totally different perspective on rain. I was on a visit to California. Suddenly, one evening, during a barbecue with friends, it started to tip it down. My instant reaction was, “Huh! Typical! The evening’s ruined!” But to the Californians, it was thrilling! They ran around in it, getting soaked through and whooping with delight! It hadn’t rained properly there for several years: they were desperate for rain and at last it had come, bringing refreshment and new life to parched ground. In the Bible, rain is used as an image of God’s Word. The Old Testament leader, Moses, was given these words by God: “Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distil as the dew, as raindrops on the tender herb and as showers on the grass.” (Deuteronomy 32:2, NKJV). To an English ear, the positivity of the simile might be a bit lost. But to anyone living in a hot, dry country – like Israel – the impact of the image would be felt instantly. God’s Word, like water to arid ground, is a refreshing, life-giving force. If we allow it to penetrate our minds and thinking, it will bring about a transformation – from being “dead” to being “alive”. Instead of being without meaningful purpose in life, we find ourselves living with a positive aim. Instead of being wrapped up in ourselves like a dry seed, we begin to grow into something much more beautiful. And instead of having no hope beyond the uncertainty of this life, we can be absolutely confident of a wonderful future to come. For God has made a promise that one day, this troubled earth will be transformed by the influence of His Son, who lived out God’s Word in his every thought and action. When the Lord Jesus returns, “He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth.” (Psalm 72:6). And the consequence? “In His days the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace…” (v7). That’s a rainy day to look forward to. pershore-bible

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