Lord send the Rain!
First, God will give us the rain of our land in the due season, or the right season. Rain was a precious gift in region of Judea. This was a region that really only had two rainy seasons. It was important that the rain came during the right seasons for good and healthy growth. Rain that came too early had no effect on the ground as far as preparation for the planting season. The same was true regarding rain that came too late; it affected the growth of the crop. Why was it so important to have the rain come at the right season? Because rain has a proportionate affects on the harvest.
God wants us to live in the season of the harvest. The amount, intensity, and frequency of rain determine the abundance of the harvest. You are probably wondering how this applies to you. Before you can walk in the harvest, before you can see the rainbow, before you can experience true spiritual growth, you have to experience the rain showers. Rain, as it applies to our lives, represent periods in our lives that we are going through a test. If you have ever experienced the death of a loved one, been through a divorce, lost a job, battled an illness, fought an addiction, or have been lied to or on, then you’ve experienced rain in your life. Why does God allow us to experience rain in our lives? Rain in the right season brings about growth, and growth brings harvest. Have you ever been through a situation that you had no idea how you would get through it? That is an example of experiencing rain in your life. Somehow you got through it, and now looking back on it you realize that you are stronger as a result of what you went through.
I know a pastor who went through a divorce. He also lost his job during the same time period. He really suffered through it because he didn’t want the divorce and he loved his wife. His wife at the time was determined she wanted to be single and be with someone else. I saw him cry many times and pray to the Lord to deliver him from the painful test he was going through, but he had to go through his storm. If you just stand still and let the Lord fight your battles, the victory will be yours.
The pastor and his wife were finally divorced after a couple of years of legal bickering. That is when God blessed him into his season of harvest. He later met a young lady, and it was as if God designed them for each other. They were married, and to this day are a beautiful couple. If he had never gone through that rainstorm, he would have never received his rainbow with his new wife. He went through, became stronger as a result of it, and now is reaping the blessing of the harvest because of his faithfulness and trust in God. I heard a young lady once say, “Everything God gives us is either a blessing or a lesson.” Rain in the right season is very important for growth.
Notice what Jesus says in St. Matthew 7:24-27 regarding the parable of the two builders:
24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Notice when the rain came, it didn’t come alone, but brought company. Not only did the rains descend, but the floods and the winds arrived as well. When we go through our trials and tests wouldn’t it be nice if we only had to deal with one problem at a time? The reality is that when we go through problems they usually come all at the same time. The devil never fights fair. His job is to steal, kill and destroy. Satan bombards us with problems, hoping to break us. As long as we build our foundation and our lives on Christ, when the storms come, we will stand and get through it.
The second thing that God will do is “give us the first and the latter rain.”
As was stated previously, rain was a precious gift in the Judea region. There were only a couple months that could be considered a rainy season. Under perfect conditions, farmers could expect consistent rain in October to November, and then again around March to April, and hopefully some rain in between the two seasons. The first rain was to prepare and loosen the soil for planting. The latter rain was to ensure a healthy and full crop. Both the first and latter rain was needed for a good harvest.
The key to a good harvest is timing and consistency. God’s timing is always on time, and He is always consistent. God does the same thing for us. He allows blessings and trials to rain consistently in our life, always at the right time. Timing is everything. He does this so that our harvest is full. Imagine what your life would be like if God allowed all your trials to come upon you at once, or all your blessings to come at the same time? What makes life so interesting is that it is a series of ups and downs.