This Evening’s SermonHarvest after life’s storms
“He brings clouds to punish people,” and many may find themselves in a storm of life, dark clouds swirling about and the overwhelming heaviness of heart. Is that you dear reader? Do you find life seems dark and full of thunder and peels of lightning.
Even when a storm comes from our personal sin we are not without consolation if we turn to the Lord, even if it is His heavy hand upon our lot, if we trust His mercy and call to mind his compassion, we can have hope that once we humble ourselves he will lift us up.
Though He may bring the heavy hand and cloud to chasten ones sin, that is not entirely hopeless either if we respond right to what the hand of the Lord assigned. For it is only hopeless if we harden our hearts and rebel all the more. It is only hopeless if we in pride gnash our teeth at God’s heavy hand and fail to heed His reason for that cloud He summoned to do it’s work.
For the passage says also, “or to water the earth and show His love.”
Though trials brew and storm clouds settle. Let us not forget that if we humble ourselves before the Lord and receive His instruction from the cloud, we can then rejoice in the harvest it’s rain will produce in the soils of our life and soul.
“Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal. (Job 5:17-18)
Though not all life trials are a direct result of personal sin, all trials should be a opportune occasion for personal purification and growth of faith. Whether storm clouds come from our backsliding in sin or just a part of life, the response to these always should be humbling ourselves to let God teach us, grow us, prune us, and prepare us to bear more fruit.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:2-5)
We must seek God’s wisdom in the cloudy days and thunderous nights. Then we can understand what we must learn and how we ought to respond if we want to see the soil of life produce it’s harvest and produce.
Yet let it not be said of us that our faith is not strong enough to handle the winds of adversity,
When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever. (Proverbs 10:25)
Far to many encounter life’s woes and harden their hearts in bitterness and turn away from God.
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
Trust the Lord even though he has by appearance let you suffer much and let you down, only in persevering through difficulty can we see the rainbow of victory at the end of our trials and tests
13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (Luke 8:13-15)