Today we are getting some much needed rain. It has been raining hard since after midnight last night, and we were in desperate need of it. We actually have our own little river flowing in front of the house! But as I watch the rain fall, it makes me think about how we need God to pour out His healing rain on our land today!
The Bible says in James 5: 7-8, “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”
Anytime that we as individuals or nation as a whole desire to see God’s spiritual rain, He tells us to be patient and wait, for He will send it in due time, at the right time. But so much of the time we want everything right now without any effort on our part; we want God to send forth a revival across our nation without first getting rid of the sins that so easily weigh us down. He tells us in 2Chronicles 7:14 that we must first and foremost humble ourselves. What does that consist of? We must have the heart of a servant, willing to think of ourselves last, putting others first. Second, we must pray. He wants us to have communication with Him on a continual basis, not letting anything come in between us and Him. Third, we must seek His face. What does it mean to “seek His face”? To make Him Lord of our lives, in every area. To seek Him for everything we face in our lives, from the smallest of things to those things that we think we will never make it through. He wants us to want Him. Fourth, we are to turn from our wicked ways. Every sin that we do not confess to Him can strain our relationship with Him and cause us to drift further away into more sin. That is what it means to repent; to turn away from our sin, and He says that if we do confess our sin, He is faithful to forgive us. What an awesome promise! Lord, send revival in our hearts!
Listen to Micheal W Smith's song Healing Rain