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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Sermonette - Rain and Rainbows

And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. Genesis 9:12-15, NKJV

Just in case the Californians (and others) are fearfully wondering: No, it won't rain forever; and no, a flood won't cover the whole earth ever again. Right now, though, it sure seems like it, doesn't it? And even if it doesn't flood the whole earth, orchards and fields are covered in water. It could damage trees and cause the farmers to have to postpone planting.

It got me to thinking, not all floods are made of water. We get flooded with all kinds of worries, like not enough money, too many bills, too much rain, not enough rain, too much homework, no job, the car died, the spouse is sick.... And so on. It's no wonder so many worry themselves sick--literally. The worries overwhelm just like a broken dam.

Jesus told people in the sermon on the mount (specifically in Matthew 6 :25-34) not to worry because worry never changed anything. Instead we're to give our worries to God and trust Him to take care of us. Yes, He expects us to work for a living, if we can, but still to trust Him for our supply. He is faithful. Remember that, if nothing else. Ask Him for what you need or what your neighbor needs. He is able.

Lord, please help us to remember that You are our source of supply, not our paychecks or lack thereof. We tend to be forgetful of all You've done for us. And Lord, we give You thanks for all Your benefits every day. Remind us to watch for the rainbows. In Jesus's name and for His glory, Amen.
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