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Matthew 5:45b – Your Father in heaven … causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (NIV)
It was a rainy day and the air was rather fresh, when I thought about today's Scripture. I had been talking with several friends who were suffering, in particular, from cancer or from the loss of a loved one by cancer. There are very few families that don't seem to be touched by it.
God gives us all some sun and some rain. There seems, at times, to be too much sun, drying out the fields, and likewise, at other times, too much rain, saturating those same fields and rendering them useless for a time.
Yet God sees it all, and He uses everything in life for His purpose.
It is here we must learn to connect what it is He wants of us with how He wants us to deal with His purposes for us in this life. Sickness and death come like the sun and the rain, and they fall on the righteous and the unrighteous; no-one is spared.
Though this is all part of everyday living, sometimes we think it's too much all at one time. We must learn to bear the sun and the rain in true balance, for we need them both, the "sun" to encourage us in our spiritual walk and the "water" to cleanse us from our sins.
This doesn't make the pain or the suffering go away, but it enables us to have faith and trust in God, without knowing when or how the outcome may be.
We humbly submit to the Lord, with the recognition that the best we can do as we pause in our journey is to take courage, to wait bravely for the Lord, to pray steadfastly, and to hold on faithfully, humbly, patiently, and fearlessly.
Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (NIV)
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to wait patiently while we look for the sun and the rain to balance out in our lives as we endure suffering and pain. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.