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So just like we know it can’t rain all the time, we also know there are reasons for our rain too. God doesn’t pass us through suffering (refining fire) for no reason. When the sun comes out after the rain is gone, the reasons for our rain will become clear. Hold fast to these promises in Faith, and continue to endure.


Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another post.

It’s been raining a lot, around the time I wrote this. we’ve had a short rainy season where I live. For over a week, the whole world was gray.

Life is like that sometimes. Things aren’t always happy; oftentimes life is hard. But in the same way rain serves God’s Purposes for the natural world, so too do the hardships of life serve God’s Purposes for us. There is always a reason for the rain in our lives. Rain makes plants grow and keeps the natural world alive; it’s a vital part of God’s natural order. Likewise, our hardships are a vital part of our growth as well.

That’s the topic for today. So let’s discuss.

A Season of (Literal) Rain

Shortly before I wrote this, there was a full week of rain where I live. It rained every single day that week, and when it wasn’t raining, the skies were gray and full of clouds. There was a day when the rain was especially heavy, causing some flooding and landslides in my area.

We didn’t get to see the sun for a full week. I don’t care who you are, a week full of rain can bring anyone’s Spirit down.

I was dry and comfortable inside my house. And I thank the LORD for that, because not everyone gets to enjoy that blessing. But even though I was comfortable inside my house, I still found the rain to be annoying after a few days. And I said, “how long will it rain, LORD??” Because the rain is an inconvenience and makes it harder to do some of the things I want to do.

But I looked around at all the greenery surrounding me. And I thought about how the rain is an essential part of the natural system God Created and Designed. Without rain, the plants and trees and natural environment would dry up and die. I was reading a news story not long ago that was talking about a terrible drought in another part of the world. Droughts can lead to the death of a natural environment, so as inconvenient as the rain is, we should be thankful for it. Rain is essential for life, and that’s how God Designed it.

It’s the same way for us as human beings. Rain, by which I mean hardship, is essential for our lives too.

Life Depends on Rain

Rain on the earth makes the plants and the food grow. If there were no rain, life would not survive on this planet. And the rain we go through in our lives also makes us grow.

The disappointments and heartbreaks. The rejection, the obstacles. The failed ambitions and dreams. The heartbreaking losses; the grief. No one likes these things, no one finds them pleasant. And yet they serve a purpose, like the rain serves an important purpose in the natural world.

For one thing, we could never appreciate the sunny days and how pleasant they are if we never had any rainy days. If there were no rainy days, we would have no concept of rain, and sunny days would be all that we know. If sunny days where all we knew, we would never appreciate that blessing because we would not know what it’s like to not have that blessing.

We go through good times and bad times in our lives, seasons of happiness and seasons of crisis. But we could never appreciate our season of happiness if we did not also have knowledge of unhappiness. If we go through a season of scarcity, we’ll be joyful and appreciative of a bountiful season of victory when it arrives. If we go through a season of loneliness, we’ll be appreciative and Grateful for a season of loving companionship when we find it. Since we know what it’s like to not have the blessings, we’re appreciative and happy when we do have them.

Another reason to be thankful for the times of rain in our life is because our suffering makes us stronger. Not everyone wants to hear that, but it’s true. Enduring through suffering, and holding out until the end makes us stronger as people. Scripture tells us so. Consider this famous passage from Romans five:

(3) But not only that! We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, (4) endurance produces character, and character produces hope. (5) This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:3-5 (CEB)

Suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces Hope. As for the character suffering produces, perhaps the most important personal growth we could have is coming to understand how we need to rely on the LORD. Sometimes God uses those seasons of rain in our lives to draw us closer to Him, when we start praying and call out to Him in our pain. If the season of rain teaches us we need God, and we can’t survive without relying on Him, then the season of rain has served its Purpose and given us the perspective we need.

Another way these hard times in life can make us stronger is by pruning of what we don’t need, and teaching us what’s really important. God may remove friends, connection, interests, and possessions that no longer serve us so we can focus on our relationship with God. And that’s the only thing that matters in the end. Sometimes we have to lose things to understand they really didn’t matter. And sometimes we have to lose friendships or connections to understand they weren’t in our best interest. And if they were leading us further from God instead of closer to Him, then they weren’t in our best interest.

These are the things God knows, but that we don’t see in the moment because of our limited human perspective. But rest assured God always has a reason for our rain.

There’s always a Reason for Rain

Sometimes we may have a guess about what God is doing during a season of rain. We may suspect He’s pruning us or drawing us closer to Him. But more often, we’ll have no idea what He’s doing. More often, we’ll call out to God and ask Him, “Why?? Why is this happening?? Why are you allowing this?? What have I done wrong to deserve this??” And other such painful questions.

In another post not too long ago, I said It Can’t Rain Forever. That’s also the name of the post, which you can check out HERE.

In my post I said to take heart during the seasons of rain, because the rain can’t last forever. At some point it has to stop, and when it does the sun will come out again. When we don’t feel the Love of God because of the dark storm clouds blocking His warmth, we need to have Faith that the Love is still there and we’ll feel it again when the sun comes out. And the sun will always come out again at some point.

In the same way, we need to take heart during the seasons of rain, no matter how painful they are, because we can have Faith the LORD is using these painful seasons for some purpose of His that He has for us. We can have Faith the LORD is using these seasons to build us up, Spiritually or otherwise.

So just like we know it can’t rain all the time, we also know there are reasons for our rain too. God doesn’t pass us through suffering (refining fire) for no reason. When the sun comes out after the rain is gone, the reasons for our rain will become clear. Hold fast to these promises in Faith, and continue to endure.

We can’t see in the heavy rain. Wait until the sun comes out, wait until we feel the presence of the LORD again. Then things will be clear.

For more on this subject from another perspective, you can check out the video below. It was uploaded the day I wrote this, what a coincidence, heh. It’s called “Why is God Allowing Me to Suffer Emotionally?” by Kris Reece.

Why Is God Allowing Me to Suffer Emotionally? by Kris Reece

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99:9

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4 comments on “Reasons for Rain

  1. There are not enough words to convey how much I love this message. I love it!!! We all need it. Thank you so much and may the GOOD LORD bless you richly!!

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    1. 99:9 says:

      Thank you!! I’m glad you enjoyed it. God bless you too!!

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