“Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the LORD have created it.”
Think of what would happen if the earth suddenly shut its mouth to the rain. Trees and shrubs would suffocate for lack of nutrients, rivers and lakes would become a stagnant bog, and men and animals would all starve within a few months’ time. Isn’t that a picture of our own lives when we fail to receive God’s blessing? To me, Isaiah 45:8 reads like a beautified version of that old tongue-in-cheek adage, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Like a redemption-rain for dry lungs or a truth-tempest for scorched hearts or a salvation-shower for parched souls, Christ’s invitation flows afresh today, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink!” (John 7:37).
Christian, you can’t imagine the harvest God has in mind for your life today, a harvest that will spread long after the day has passed, so I encourage you: like the lilies in the field and the birches by the creek, drink up! And as Heaven’s raindrops dance all round you, join in.