Abundant rain

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This is what I woke up to this morning. This photo was taken around 7:00am Pacific Standard Time. This is my street. This is my mountain. It’s hard to see. It’s difficult to breathe.

Hundreds of kilometres away, wildfires are eating up thousands of hectares of forest forcing thousands of people out of their homes looking for safety. Weather conditions have pushed vast quantities of smoke towards the west coast from the interior of British Columbia as well as north from our American neighbouring Washington State. The province has been in a state of emergency for weeks now.

There is no rain, only dry heat, in the near weather forecast.

forecast

As I sat outside in the haze this morning to read my Bible, this is the verse that jumped off the page:

You send abundant rain, O God,
to refresh the weary Promised Land.

Psalm 68:9 (NLT)

God not only provides for our spiritual needs, but also for our physical. Right now, we need rain. Lots of it—and without the lightning that has been sparking additional fires. This morning, I’m praying that God would send spiritual rain to His people and put a burden on their hearts to pray for natural rain.

Daily Bible reading: Psalm 68-69, Romans 3

Clear it

We’ve seen a lot on the Old Testament how the fulfillment of a promise might look like work. And we see it again in Joshua.

If you are a numerous people, go up by yourselves to the forest, and there clear ground for yourselves…

Joshua 17:15

When it came down to dividing up the Promised Land for all the tribes of Israel, it seemed some didn’t deem the division fair. When the people of Joseph approached Joshua, the response was simple, if you want more land, make more land. Go clear it an possess it.

Don’t avoid taking possession of what God has promised you just because it might involve some sweat equity. God is no dummy. He knows you’ll have more value for something you’ve worked for.

If you need more land and God presents you with a forest, look on the bright side, you’ve not only got land, but you’ve got the lumber you need to build something great.

Daily Bible reading: Joshua 16-18, Luke 5:1-16