Rain, Rain, Go Away?
Have you read this book (Trusting God by Jerry Bridges)?
Joel and I have been reading it together and working through the study guide as part of our required work for one of our classes. This week, we were both struck by something Bridges wrote about God and the weather:
“Whenever we are affected by the weather — whether it is merely an inconvenience or a major disaster — we tend to regard it as nothing more than the impersonal expression of certain fixed meteorological or geological laws. But God has not walked away from the day-to-day control of His creation. The truth is, all expressions of nature, all occurrences of weather, whether it be a devastating tornado or a gentle rain on a spring day, are acts of God. The Bible teaches that God controls all the forces of nature, both destructive and productive, on a continuous, moment-by-moment basis. When we complain about the weather, we are actually complaining against God who sent us our weather. We are, in fact, sinning against God (see Numbers 11:1). Whether the weather merely disrupts my plans or destroys my home, I need to learn to see God’s sovereign and loving hand controlling it.”
They say rainy season will start early this year. And though that is something we’re very tempted to dread, as we say goodbye to our beloved sunshine for several months, we are thankful for this lesson and hope to carry it with us through every season.
By the way, if you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. And, go ahead and splurge and get the study guide — I had read the book before, but reading it with the study guide has been amazing!