And the Lord will continually guide you,
And satisfy your desire in scorched places,
And give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. –Isaiah 58:11
Do you ever find yourself in a drought? Sometimes it feels like you are stuck in an awful place for a long time. Perhaps nothing in your life is going as planned. You ask God, “Why me?” Then you wonder if the rain will ever come again. For now, the grass just looks greener for everyone else but you. It is tempting to get mad at God or to doubt Him. Some people walk away from God during the drought because they think that a loving God would never let them experience these kind of circumstances. You may encounter someone who says you have no faith because you aren’t experiencing the kind of blessing us humans think we deserve. God knows when we are in a drought. He hears our cries and pleas for help. He has not forgotten or abandoned us. He stills loves and cares about us.
Why do we sometimes experience a spiritual drought? One reason is because of sin. The Old Testament is replete with examples. You are doing something without God’s approval, and He is not pleased. You are satisfying the lusts of the flesh. Do not rationalize it or try to justify it any longer. No more excuses! You must repent of this sin. Today. No more faltering or hesitation. Turn from it and never look back. RUN! Ask God what direction to head instead. He will guide and direct your steps back towards Him. In the Old Testament, there was often famine and drought upon the land until the people collectively decided to stop worshipping idols, graven images and practicing the ways of the world around them. God wanted the nation of Israel to be set apart for Him, and He wants you also to be set apart for Him. You cannot love the world and love God and expect spiritual rain to come.
“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.” 2 Chronicles 6:26-27
Charles Spurgeon had this to say:
“Rain is essential for growth of seed and fruit, and its withdrawal for a length of time is a terrible temporal judgment, especially in hot climates. The spiritual rain of the Holy Spirit’s influence is essential to a spiritual life, in its beginning, growth, ripening, perfecting.”
“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” James 5:17-19
Recognize the sin in your life which is preventing you from receiving rain. Ask God for forgiveness and a repentant heart. If you see a brother in Christ who is in sin, ask God to help you show him the error of his ways and lead him back into the Truth. Do not allow him to continue with the absence of rain and God in his life. Lovingly commit to helping your brother end the drought today!
Job was a righteous man of God. “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil” Job 1:1. He was blessed greatly by God with livestock and a huge family. He was considered among the greatest men in the east. His faith was tested by God when he was in a drought. It was not because he sinned that he was not receiving rain. Satan went all throughout the Earth searching for a Godly person who could be corrupted. He thought that surely Job would curse God if everything he had was taken from him and he endured a horrible disease. Job’s friends and even his wife foolishly mocked him saying that he must have sinned greatly for him to lose his prosperity, his family and his health. Job never cursed the Lord, although he cried out constantly through his affliction. He told God his soul was weary of life, full of confusion and the grave was ready for him. He said that even though God slayed him, he would still trust in Him. In the end, Job was blessed by God with twice what he had before. He also had a deeper relationship with the Lord and a new appreciation for his life and for the world. Perhaps you are in a drought like the one Job experienced. How will come out of it in the end?
“Who cuts a channel for the flooding rain or clears the way for lightning, to bring rain on an uninhabited land, on a desert with no human life to satisfy the parched wasteland
and cause the grass to sprout? Does the rain have a father? Who fathered the drops of dew? Whose womb did the ice come from? Who gave birth to the frost of heaven
when water becomes as hard as stone, and the surface of the watery depths is frozen?” Job 38:5-30
“How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out. He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.” Job 38:25-30
“Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone.” Zechariah 10:1