I have been considering the seasons and weather forecasts of late. We attach weather patterns to seasons yet the weather forecast is not always correct, regardless of the season. I am not a scientist nor a well-read meteorologist, I see clouds and guess what may occur. In Queensland, Australia, if the clouds are a denim green you get your car undercover and make sure that things in the backyard are tied down because hail is about to fall. As I am typing the sky is a very dark grey and we are experiencing torrential rain. BUT…behind the clouds, regardless of the colour, there is a blue sky and the sun is shining.
As a family we have just been through a very difficult time, but not once did we doubt that YHWH has all things in His hand, that He has a sovereign plan and that His will is perfect. We are not out of the woods yet, but His peace has surpassed our human understanding and we rest knowing that He has the situation in His hands. As a dear pastor friend of ours said, “God’s got this”. You see rain is necessary for growth and you can’t have rain without grey clouds that move over the blue sky and sunshine. They don’t block the sunshine out, if they did we would be in pitch black darkness, but they filter the light. Psalm 65 is so beautiful and it speaks of rain and blessings.
Verse 9: You have visited the earth and watered it, You greatly enriched it; the river of Elohim is filled with water (streams of living water).
This verse alone made me remember that too often we focus on physical weather and the forecast reports often determine what plans we make or cancel. Nobody would have seen the rain clouds this morning and heard the forecast for 95% chance of rain, yet still driven to spend the day at the beach. Do storms in life determine our spiritual walk? When the clouds appear and the torrential rains come do we hide and cower, or do we remember that the sky is blue and the Son is shining in all His glory? I am not articulating this very well. Whatever the circumstances, YHWH is always the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is lovingly-committed to His chosen ones and He does not slumber nor sleep. Yeshua, the Bridegroom, is preparing a place for His bride. He is glorious and King, shining like a bright morning star, He was and is and is to come. When the chips are down do we remember this? Are we where we should be, under His protection and in His presence? The sky is always blue and the sun always shines, even when we can’t see the blue or feel the warmth of the sun.
I have a CD from Pastor Graham Cooke and he reminds us that we should not allow our circumstances to determine when we call on YHWH. Many times we turn and call on His intervention when the storms are facing us, however we should continually wait upon Him and continually seek His intervention (guidance) and blessings on both warm, blue sky days and overcast days. If we are continually seeking His will and continually being enriched by His visitation and watering (Ps 65:9) then we will find that we rejoice on rainy days and during stormy times because we experience His power at work, we stand in awe and fear at His majesty and loving-commitment to those He has chosen to bring near to dwell in His courts (Psalm 65:4).
Psalm 65: 4 “Blessed is the one You choose, and bring near to DWELL in Your courts. We are satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your set-apart dwelling.
5: By AWESOME deeds in righteousness You answer us, O, Elohim of our deliverance, the Trust of all the ends of the earth and the distant seas.
I would encourage you today to remember that we serve an omnipotent and omnipresent Elohim, Who was and is and is to come (Rev 11:17). We serve a lovingly-committed Father, Who desires to be part of our sunshine days and our stormy nights. All He asks if for us to love Him above all and to obey Him (John 14:23), come rain or shine.
Take a minute and read Psalm 65, find the hidden treasures (promises) in the abundance of His provision.
Father, YHWH, I thank you that you never ever leave us. Your majesty and glory are always there, even when we can’t feel or see Your plan we know that it is a plan for good and not for evil. You do favour us and bless us, cause Your face to shine upon us. For Your way is to be known on earth. Your deliverance among all nations. I pray that people will see You and praise You, sing your praise. That You would increase our praise and worship and that we would fear You and honour You. (Psalm 67)