26th January 2018

Can’t Stop The Rain 

“Rain down, you heavens, from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation,
And let righteousness spring up together.
I, the Lord, have created it

Isaiah 45:8 (NKJV)

Rain everywhere: rain cascading down roof tops, rain staccato-beating on glass windows, rain pressing down on tightly-held umbrellas, rain filling up the fast-flowing rivers and streams, rain trickling down wet noses and dropping off their ends like leaky taps. Have you ever tried to stop the rain? Not surprisingly, here in the UK we’ve had a lot of rain recently, not to mention biting-cold sleet and snow. At times the rain has seemed torrential and unstoppable.

Here Isaiah uses the relentless quality of rain as a metaphor to describe the certainty of God’s promises of righteousness and salvation. The context is a prophecy about the Persian King Cyrus, who will deliver the captive Jews from their Babylonian oppression. Cyrus is a type of Jesus Christ who saves us now and who will return to rescue the whole world and all of history from the captivity of evil.

Not only will saving righteousness rain down, says Isaiah, but it will also spring up like wells of water from the ground. There’ll be no escaping it. God’s goodness will permeate every aspect of being.

So perhaps next time we’re walking in the rain, maybe feeling damp, cold and miserable, we can think of the showers of God’s blessings that lie ahead of us, not just for us but for the whole of creation.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for the promise of deliverance and that your righteousness will pour down upon our beloved earth. In Jesus
’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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