Saturday, August 3, 2019

Clouds And Rain

On July 12, 1990, Pastor Trenny Thomas called the members of his Evergreen Baptist Church in Metter, Georgia 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 were a few clouds but no rain.
The congregation decided to begin another twenty-four hour time of prayer when some fluffy clouds joined the others. Slowly, more clouds appeared and covered the blue sky. Finally, the clouds exploded with rain and covered the dry, thirsty land. Then 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.” God can always answer our needs.
“Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give,” said Solomon. He is describing a man who is bragging of talents and skills he does not possess and is representing himself to be more than he is - like clouds without rain that appear to tease the hopeful and destroy their faith because they are not what they appear to be.
We who call ourselves “Christ’s disciples” have something to offer those who are thirsty and crying for “the water or life.” People all around us are looking for “clouds” with water that can bring “life to parched hearts” with living water to end the drought in their lives. We who know Him who is the “fountain of life” dare not let those around us die of thirst!
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for being the “fountain of life.” May we who have experienced “water from Your well” share Your gift of life willingly with others! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 25:14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give. 

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