Understanding the Rain
Each human journey is like a measuring stick or a time-line. Plotted along are milestones, marks of God’s goodness that we can point to. Some are major encounters while others seem like simple gestures of our Fathers love.
I remember when my husband and I purchased our first home in the USA. Months before that the thought of purchasing a home was not even a consideration. Now it was our reality. The day we moved in was a day I will never forget, as I walked into one of the rooms I was overwhelmed with the presence and goodness of God, I knew that this home was a gift from Father God.
There are many more milestones of His goodness on my time-line and on yours too.
In between these climatic encounters and wonders from The Lord there’s the battlefield of life. Sometimes it’s easier to look at our lives as “the battlefield” rather than “the goodness of God.” That is not because the goodness of God is absent, but because we miss the God events.
I could choose to have my life measured and marked with hardships, but I choose to have my life measured with what is true and forever; the goodness of God.
Jesus taught us about the character of God. He said “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45). The goodness of God rains and shines over every creature, but we can easily miss Him. Sadly, the rain, the sunsets and other declarations of His glory are missed every day.
Who are the righteous and the unrighteous that Jesus is referring to here? Are the righteous those who have done great deeds and the unrighteous criminals? Not according to God’s Word. It is clear that we do not make ourselves righteous–only Jesus blood can do that. So the righteous are the ones who have chosen Jesus, who have recognized that God is good and have received His salvation. The unrighteous are those who have missed God’s goodness and so remain in the condition that we all once lived in.
The more we contemplate His goodness toward us, the more we see His goodness. “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
When we continually recognize God’s goodness we position ourselves to go from glory to glory we can’t help it because the more we see God’s goodness, (which is his glory) the more we start see from eyes that see his glory. We start to think with minds that understand His glory. We start to hear with ears that hear his glory. It is exponential! We can actually teach our own soul to recognize God’s goodness even in the smallest of things, and as we do this His peace, presence and joy will increase in our lives. This is a key for growth.
When you see rain and sunshine on your life, on others and in the world remember it’s Him!
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