The pending rain
Romans 4 vs 20 – 21
“He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
When confronted with difficulty the easiest thing to do is to give up, to simply say, “I cannot do this, it’s too hard and I won’t keep trying anymore.” Giving up is the simplest thing to do when confronted with difficulty, from the moment you say I wont try anymore, you are literally released.
However, giving up is not always the best thing to do, it can sometimes come with complications that far outweigh confronting the obstacle in front of you. For the last few months we have been warned that this year will be a drought year in our part of the world.
Sure enough, the weather has acted untoward, the temperatures have soared to such alarming levels, and the earth has literally been on fire. The resultant effect has been outright stress throughout the ecological system.
Despite the stark signs that all is not well and that it may not rain at all, I was heartened to see people preparing pieces of land to plant their seasonal crops, despite the promise that rain will not be forthcoming.
People exhibit faith in different ways, it’s inspiring to see people go against the grain, regardless of what they are being told about the future. These prepared plots of land that I saw are testimony of people believing in a higher calling. A belief that God is God and at just the right time He can make the impossible possible, things that man has written off can be made right by Him.
I don’t know how the season will pan out, all I can testify to is that it’s hot beyond measure. The truth however is that God, the creator of the weather, is in control despite what we may see and feel, in an instant He can make it rain, cool the earth and make it bearable.
The Bible tells the story of Peter and the other disciples who had been fishing for a few days without success. They had literally given up on catching the fish they had been searching so desperately for. Subsequently, Jesus came on to the scene and asked them to go out again and cast their nets into the water.
The story goes that they caught so much fish their nets were bursting at the seams. It’s interesting that the very same waters where they had been fishing without success, were the same waters that they caught the catch of their life.
Such is our God that what appears hopeless can be brought to life in such dramatic circumstances. Peter could have chosen to simply say, I tried to fish and I caught nothing so I will not waste my time, regardless of your request. Peter chose to listen and because he listened and took instructions, his faith was rewarded.
Like Peter, we are in the same boat and sometimes we must just agree to do the impossible. We must agree to not give up and trust that the Lord can create opportunity or allow for fish to suddenly be there where it was not before.
Believing that He can, exercising our faith by starting to work towards the fulfillment of what we believe has been promised to us, is one of the fundamental steps in the pursuit of faith.
Like the farmers who have chosen to prepare and plant their seeds in faith despite the prevailing climatic conditions and what has been forecast, we too should start to prepare to receive our miracles and not give up.
He can do the impossible for you and before you know it, your nets will be spilling over with fish caught in the most unlikely waters.
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