“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And GOD is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” I Corinthians 10: 13 (NIV)
We encounter episodes in our lives where we feel discouraged and all alone. There are threats of unemployment or significant reduction of work hours. There are Mortgage Meltdowns with the loss of homes, our cars are being repossessed, and our credit scores are decreasing. We often develop the “Lone Ranger” syndrome, believing our situation is unique only to us and no one else has endured what we are going through. It may appear that our troubles are as plentiful as rain and contrary to the legendary singer Brook Benton, it seems that “It’s Not Raining All Over the World.” However, we are to be encouraged for there is no remote place on earth in which a storm or torrential rain has not occurred. We all have had our share of rain for it falls on the just as well as the unjust.
Often when the rain comes, we have a tendency to run for cover to escape it. We must not forget, no matter how heavy the rain is, there is always a stopping point. This passage in Corinthians reminds us that whatever we are going through, someone else has gone through the same or similar situation. We can be encouraged to know that God is fully aware of our predicament. Our task is simply to trust Him – let God do what God does best. We must lean on God, believing that He will deliver us according to His will. The Bible says “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Each trial or tribulation comes to build our character. God allows the rain to see how we will react. Let’s not give up or say we can’t go on? We are to have faith in God, knowing He’s already set the “ESCAPE BUTTON” which allows us to exit the problem. No matter how bleak our rainy days may seem, God is yet in control! We know God’s track record and we’ve seen the rain before.
Prayer: Father, it is you who makes and sends the rain. Help me to use the rainy times in my life to develop a stronger relationship and a deeper trust in you. I thank you for storms you’ve already brought me through. Help me to rest on your track record of being the only one who is able to control every storm. In Jesus’ Name, Amen