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Topic: Rain (09/07/04)
TITLE: Rain On The Fields
By Charles Long
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Even unbelievers can't escape this. Romans 1:19-20 clearly shows that God and all things of God are made known to all. God has shown it to them by His creation so they are without excuse. So judgment, whether in this life or eternity, is fair and just and the fault is their own and not God's. The unsaved are also made in the image of God, just like the born again, and the things that happen to them, whether good or bad, work for the good of those of us in Christ.
That's not to say that unpleasant things don't happen, even to Christians who are walking in the Lord. "For whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son he receiveth."-Hebrews 12:6. It's not fun to be chastened. The righteous lose their jobs, their homes, and even their lives while evil people prosper, fire Christians, take their jobs, take their homes, and even take their lives. But it is working for good to those that love God. Just go back to Romans 8:28. God's word is absolute and we may not see any good in a certain situation but we need to take this verse on faith. If we don't, we sin. Read Romans 14:23. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
As Christians, we too often take the world's view of what's fair and just instead of a Biblical view. Why does a man like Bill Gates who openly acknowledges that he doesn't know if there's a God or not, become the richest man in the world while many hardworking Christian men worldwide can barely feed their families and pay the rent? How can a moral reprobate like Bill Clinton get elected president while a person who runs on a fundamental Christian platform can't even get elected dog catcher?
When looking at these from the wrong perspective, they seem grossly unfair. Romans 11:34 says, "For who hath known the mind of the Lord." And Romans 13:1 tells us that the powers that be are ordained of God, that there is no higher power than of God. When using the Bible as our final authority, things may not make sense in a worldly sort of way, but we know that God is in control and He knows what he is doing.
Matthew 5:45 says, "...for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." I live in a farming community and some of the local farmers love and serve the Lord. Some don't. Is it within God's power to send rain on the fields of his children but withhold it from the fields of the unrighteous? Absolutely. God could do it but he chooses not to. He sends rain on the fields of saints and sinners alike.
We don't have to understand it. We can't comprehend the mind of God. What He chose to reveal of Himself is found in the Bible. Truth is found in the person of Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Our ways are not God's ways (Isaiah 55:8). His ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9).
Christian, have faith, accept the truth of God's word, and have a worldview based on that truth. God will take care of things.
One day Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:32-46) and what happened in this world will be brought to account. "Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?" (Genesis 18:25.) He certainly shall.