Gerald H. Wilson: Rain is an indication of God’s blessings

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The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of His bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. Deuteronomy 28:12

“Deuteronomy understands that the abundant rain from the heavens is an indication of God’s blessings. The New Testament understands the divine desire to do good as extending to the unbelieving world when Jesus calls His followers to mirror the love of God, who “causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45).

Gerald H. Wilson in Psalms, volume 1 (NIVAC; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002) 374.

God sends rain to bless the work of our hands. It’s a beautiful picture of the way in which we have a responsibility in God’s economy. But it also rightly implies that fruitfulness is impossible apart from Him.

Notice in today’s Scripture that rain helps us be productive so that we lend or share but do not borrow. So why would God provide rain for the unrighteous as well? Why would He cause the sun to shine on them too?

He wants them to know Him! When I walked in God’s creation yesterday (pictured above) I marveled at the beauty of God’s handiwork and how rain brings life to everything. Take time during COVID-19 to see this.

Get up early and watch the sun rise. Sit out on a porch or covered area during a gentle rain. Or just ponder the power of God in this pandemic. God wants people to know His love and to submit His reign. His ways aim at to help them flourish.

Since we may not be going anywhere for awhile and since the seasons are changing in many places, have a conversation with a neighbor or friend at social distance. Talk about rain and your responsibility to be fruitful stewards who share richly.