He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.~Matthew 5:45 NIV
Last spring, while running errands, I was surprised by an unexpected rain shower. Having no umbrella, I grumbled under my breath. Then, the Lord interrupted my thoughts and told me to look for the rainbow.
The Lord whispered to my heart that the rain may be inconvenient, but He had sent it to provide the summer’s water needs. His beautiful rainbow reassured me of His faithfulness in both sunshine and rain.
Apart from creation, every miracle in the Bible began as a problem. We might think God provides miracles to receive glory—as if our thankful worship strokes a fragile ego. But unlike us, God doesn’t lack self-esteem. Nor does He require our approval or adoration to feel better about Himself. He is perfect and lacks nothing.
I have misjudged God’s intentions many times, ascribing the same selfish motivations to God that reside within me.
Blessings often come dressed as trouble. God allows our troubles not to torment us but to teach us to run to Him to be unburdened. When we do, we can experience rest and peace from our weariness.
We live in an evil world. But what the enemy intends for evil, our loving Father turns into blessing. When we trust God, trouble only opens the door for miracles to walk in.
My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.~James 1:2-4 TPT
Rain falls on every life. When it does, we are wise to welcome it as a friend. The familiar tap of rain on our window should cause us to lift our faces toward heaven and anticipate God’s rainbow.
If it’s raining trouble in your world, run to God. Trust Him. Give Him your burdens. The same God who puts His rainbow in the heavens after the rain is the same God who will prove faithful to you.
What are some ways you can look for the rainbow during periods of rain?
Father God, thank You for rainbows in the rain. Bless me with new eyes to view my troubles as friends and for the gift of faith to trust You for things my eyes cannot see. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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