Watching the Weather

Ecclesiastes 11:If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be. He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.

Even though signs call for rain, it may not rain.  With all the technology today it is hit and misses with forecasts.  Weather is like life.  It is unpredictable.  It takes twists and turns.  Sometimes it seems the wicked have it better than the Christians.  We should never question God.  Never let the rough weather of life get to you.

Sometimes weather changes our plans.  A picnic might be cancelled due to a forecast and then it doesn’t rain.  God is in control of weather, and he’s in control of the weather of life.  He has a plan for every life.  Some events are planned rain or shine.  If it rains you open an umbrella.  I’m glad God has given us an umbrella.  Don’t stop because of a threat of bad weather. Sometimes storms creep up when they are not in the forecast.  Bad weather can reduce our spiritual temperature.  It can soak us to the bone.

When a tree falls down it stays in the direction it fell.  Something was the matter with its roots.  It’s important to keep ourselves rooted.  When storms come we can stand instead of being toppled over by life.  So, how are your roots?  If we focus too much on bad things of life we won’t get much done.  For every pretty day there will be rainy days.  A lot of people are fair-weather Christians.  We need storms.  Rains help the earth.  The same clouds that blow the rain in will blow it out.  Don’t look at the clouds and winds; focus on the one who made them.  He’s over and above the weather.   Sometimes we think Satan has the upper hand.  He may get the upper hand on us at times, but he never gets the upper hand on God.  Don’t become fearful because of the storms.

The lesson Solomon is teaching us is if nothing is sown, nothing is reaped.  If we let things stop us, God won’t bless.  Sometimes you have to work in bad weather.  We expect the postman to deliver no matter the weather.  The key to it all is observing God instead of the weather.  God works through the worst of weather.  He reaches through storms so we can carry on.  Remember God.  Serve him—regardless.  He’s with us in the gray skies as well as the blue.  Nothing can stop the victory when we remember God.

Go ahead and sow.  It won’t hurt if we get wet.  When storms of life come we may be wet and chilled.  Tend to God’s field, rain or shine.  We can be one of two types of Christian, fair-weather or all-weather.  Choose wisely.

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