Friday, April 3, 2015

Clouds And Rain

On July 12, 1990, Pastor Trenny Thomas called the members of his Evergreen Baptist Church, Metter, GA to a day of prayer. The farmers of this small, rural area had endured a long, devastating drought and were about to lose their crops. They gathered together and prayed for twenty-four hours. At the end of the vigil, there was no rain.

The congregation decided to begin another twenty-four hour time of prayer when clouds suddenly began to appear. Suddenly the clouds exploded with rain and an inch covered the dry, thirsty land. The rain turned into a mist and lasted through the night. The crops and families were saved by the grace of God.
Said Rev. Thomas, “It was a feast. It was just like the manna falling from heaven when God fed his people. It was a divine intervention from God.”

“Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give,” said Solomon. Here he presents the picture of a man who boasts of talents and gifts he does not have. He represents himself to be more than he is - like clouds without rain that appear to tease the hopeful and destroy faith.

Perhaps “that man” does have talents and abilities, skills and power and can do good things for those in need. But empty promises and vain promises are not what others seek in times of a “drought.” When others have needs we can meet, we dare not taunt them with promises we do not intend to keep. False promises destroy hope.

Prayer: Thank You for Your faithfulness, Father. May we honor our word to others as You have to us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 25:14 Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.

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