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Lord send the Rain - Part 3

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Sermon shared by Charles Hines

April 2006
Summary: When God allows Rain in our lives, it is always for a reason, a season, and for growth.
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Lord send the Rain!
Deuteronomy 11:13-17

As Christians we expect to have trials and tribulations, to go through periods of suffering, and have our faith put on trial. But we also know that God will bring us through it. As the cliché goes, if He brings you to it, then He will bring you through it. In order to give us a good, healthy, and growing spiritual life, we must have rain. St. Matthew 6:10 says, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. God’s will for his children is growth. As it is in heaven, so it is on the Earth.

Notice in Genesis 2:4-6, that there was no growth until it rained. “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” In order for us to have significant growth in our lives, God must send the rain. Rain brings growth. Our testimony ought to be, “Lord, send the rain.”

The third thing that we will receive from the Lord is grass in our field. The key words in that phrase are the words “our field.” God will send the grass in our field, which makes this statement personal. It is ironic how this scripture uses the term “grass” to describe how God blesses us. Grass starts out as a seed and so does the blessings from the Lord. If you want to grow a specific type of grass, then you must plant that type of seed. If you desire a specific type of blessing from the Lord, then you must plant that type of seed. The blessings that God has for you are specifically for you and no one else.

Let’s discuss grass. I thought it was odd that the scripture uses the phrase “grass in our field.” The bible often uses the terms of wheat, olive tree, fig trees, or even the vineyard when speaking metaphorically about life, but rarely is the term grass used. Why does the Lord use the term grass in this verse? Genesis 1:9-11 says;

“ 9And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 13And the evening and the morning were the third day.”

Notice that right after God gathered together the waters, and caused the dry land to appear, that the very first thing God called forth was the grass. Before God called the herb yielding seeds, or the fruit trees into existence, He called the grass forth. I believe the grass was called forth first because of two reasons: 1. Grass is a covering, and 2. Grass is confirmation.

Covering

First, grass is a covering. One of the many jobs I have done in my life is cutting grass. As a teenager it seemed my brothers and
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