While living in Los Angeles, one of the Midwest experiences I missed most was rain. Seriously, I remember less than 10 days of real rainfall in the three years we were there. I missed falling to sleep with the white noise of a downpour pounding the roof, slipping down to the gutters, and pouring out onto the yard. Rain doesn’t just serve the purpose of providing a night time soundtrack…it is incredibly important to grass, plants, trees, crops…you get the idea.
I have been reminded over the past few weeks of the importance of remembering that the Christian life is a life of farming. In fact Paul explains this in 2 Timothy 2:6. Paul reminds Timothy to continue laboring for the Gospel (and in the power of it, I might add!). Just like a farmer we must remain faithful, all the while maintaining the expectation that the joys of the harvest are worth the labor and the time!
What the farmer analogy reminds us is that Gospel fruit requires consistency…it requires time…it requires watering.
Here’s where the rain comes in. The rain of Gospel progress is described in Isaiah 55:10-11: His Word! His Word bears a promise: it will accomplish the objective for which it was designed.
I love that!
What else in this life offers that kind of promise? And, yet, how many of us live like “Los Angeles” Christians, attempting to live on minimal rain!
One of the great values of a week of fasting is that it provides a very intentional time to focus more on His Word, on speaking to Him, and listening to Him. Today, take advantage of the laying aside of the activity you are fasting and feast on His Word…by reading it, by meditating on it, by memorizing it, by praying it…or by all of the above. May His Word accomplish His intended purpose in your life today.
(DON’T FORGET: This evening we will have a night of prayer from 7:00-9:00 pm. Set aside time to be in our place of corporate worship, seeking His face. The time will be like an “open house”…come any time. Prayer sheets will be available to help guide your time.)
1. Read the Scripture below…meditate on it…pray through it!
2. Now that you have seen how easy you can do it, evaluate your life to see whether you are a “Midwestern” Christian, tapping in to the rain of God’s Word regularly, or are you living in drought?
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.