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 Dr. Clay Anthony, Associational Missions Strategist
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Piece of Clay - Job 33:6

I have been waiting to see if this article would fit this newsletter. It deals with rain being a blessing. I kept holding off thinking that the rain would end and I would have to change topics yet for whatever good reason the rain just will not stop. This past week I have had the chance to be on the road and I can assure you that the whole state of Mississippi is feeling the effects of this month’s wet stuff.

In thinking of the mud and muck in our lives and the fact the Sun seems to be playing peek-a-boo with us, my mind is trying to find the sunny side to our weather pattern. Yes, come August we will be praying for rain and yes, in a few weeks we will be mowing down all the grass that is being produced under our feet right now. However, the Bible always speaks like only the Bible can at a time like this. Allow the OT prophet Joel to speak to our situation:

“Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.” 2:23

So there you have it from the Bible itself: rain, timed early and often, is to our benefit. It is proof that God loves us. An abundance of rain is God’s way of expressing his care for those He cares for. So, how much love do you feel? If we can measure God’s love in rain then indeed His love seems to know no limits.

Now read on down in chapter 2 to verse 25. The first few words paint a glorious picture of the God we have above us: He is a restoring God. IF something destroys, interrupts or derails the life and plans that He holds for His children then our God steps in and brings everything back in to focus. His thoughts and actions towards His children are always good. We have His word on it. Regardless what the rain gauge has to say, God’s word promises that no matter the mud or floods, God has us and our welfare in mind. He promises to restore and for that I am thankful. So when you are popping up the umbrella or troubled in walking the dog in the rain, just remember, all those little drops of moisture are nothing less than oceans of proof of God’s attention towards you.

Be blessed (and dry), 




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