okay... sooooo... I just spend some MUCH NEEDED time with Jesus this morning! The first passage that I want to post about comes from Hosea 6:1-6 (New King James Version):
-A Call to Repentance
6 Come, and let us return to the Lord;
For He has torn, but He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
2 After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.
3 Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
-Impenitence of Israel and Judah
4 “O Ephraim, what shall I do to you?
O Judah, what shall I do to you?
For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud,
And like the early dew it goes away.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
I have slain them by the words of My mouth;
And your judgments are like light that goes forth.
6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,
And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
While I was reading this passage the song "Grace Like Rain" came on my Ipod (which was shuffling on the playlist "worship"). Hosea 6:3 says that HE will come to us LIKE RAIN! It is interesting to me that even as Christians we COMPLAIN when it rains outside. If Christ comes to us as spiritual rain to nourish our souls then we should be willing to accept, appreciate, and praise God for the physical rain HE provides for the earth to grow and be nourished. If we are not willing to accept God's physical rain of water for the earth then what makes us think we will be prepared to receive His spiritual rain...? Since we are called to be in the image of Christ we should therefore use our physical and spiritual lives as a testimony to what God does through the rain (physically and spiritually in Jesus Name!)! :)
I pray you are encouraged and blessed by the Blood of the Lamb today in Jesus Name! God Bless you! :) Jesus Loves you :)
psalm 68:9 "You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance, When it was weary."
p.s. here is the link for "Grace Like Rain." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcGJb-mPMmg