Providential Rain

I awoke this morning to a steady rain outside. These April showers are vital to the life around me. Without them flowers would not bloom, grass would not grow, cattle would have nothing on which to graze, and crops would develop no further than their embryonic stages. Too much rain can be destructive, but life depends on adequate rainfall.
How did this rain happen? Thankfully it doesn’t depend on the efficiency or the faithfulness of people. Were it up to legislative bodies, today’s rain might have been held up in committee for political leverage. If a precipitation czar were in charge, he might forget to flip the necessary switches. This rain did not come because of human actions.
Jesus answers the question of the rain’s origin in Matthew 5:45: “That you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Do we wonder where the rain comes from? There’s the answer. Do we have faith enough to accept it?
Materially-oriented brains quickly spout material explanations. The rain comes from evaporation of water from rivers, oceans and trees. That moisture is locked in clouds until conditions prompt those clouds to release the heavier-than-air droplets. It’s a repeating cycle that requires no faith in spiritual beings, such people aver.
Paul urges us to think more rationally than that. Blind natural forces? Rain points instead to a loving creator who faithfully ensures the right conditions for life to continue. He stated, “All things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16,17). Jesus Christ, the one we serve, is the explanation for the existence of the rain and its regularity. The fact that it rained this morning is proof that Jesus is still in control.
How easy it would be to accept strictly physical explanations for the phenomena around us! Christians can be influenced by such streams of sophistry. “But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). The gentle rainfall outside my window reminds me that God is still in control.

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