The Wonder of Rain

Posted by Scott Lowther on with 1 Comments

Job 5:8-10 “But as for me, I would seek God, And I would place my cause before God; Who does great and unsearchable things, Wonders without number. He gives rain on the earth, and sends water on the fields.” 

Dear CBC family,

I’m looking out at the rain this morning and was reminded about what God said to Job. I don’t know about you but most of us have a tendency to forget about the amazing things God does. We get hung up on our immediate circumstances, and even though God has always been faithful, we are fearful that this time He will respond differently. God gives us reminders of His steadfast faithfulness all over creation with things like the rainbow (reminding us He will never again destroy the Earth by flood) and rain. Yes, rain!

If you said to someone: "My God does great and unsearchable things; He does wonders without number," and they responded, "Really? Like what?" would you say, "Rain"?

Job is not joking here. "God does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number." He gives rain on the earth." In Job's mind, rain really is one of the great, unsearchable wonders that God does. Let’s not look at this and simply say Job is being poetical. He isn’t. He is inspired here by the Spirit of the living God and it is recorded for our learning. So, as I look outside today God, according to His word, is doing a great and unsearchable thing!

Is rain a great and unsearchable wonder wrought by God? Picture yourself as a farmer in Israel, far from any lake or stream. You have a well to keep your family and animals supplied with water. But if the crops are to grow and the family is to be fed, water has to come on the fields from another source. What is that source?

A child knows the answer. Water comes from the sky. Water will just come out of the clear blue sky? Well, not exactly. Water will have to be carried in the sky from the Mediterranean Sea, over several hundred miles and then be poured out onto your field. Carried? How much does it weigh? Well, if one inch of rain falls on one square mile of farmland during the night, that would be 27,878,400 cubic feet of water, which is 206,300,160 gallons, which is 1,650,501,280 pounds of water. That alone is amazing!

How does it get up in the sky and stay up there if it's so heavy? Well, it gets up there by evaporation. What does that mean? It means that the water sort of stops being water for a while so it can go up and not down. Then how does it get down? Well, condensation happens. What's that? The water starts becoming water again by gathering around little dust particles between .00001 and .0001 centimeters wide. That's small.

What about the salt? Yes, the Mediterranean Sea is salt water. That would kill the crops. What about the salt? Well, the salt has to be taken out. Oh. So the sky picks up a billion pounds of water from the sea and takes out the salt and then carries it for three hundred miles and then dumps it on the farm?

Well it doesn't dump it. If it dumped a billion pounds of water on the farm, the wheat would be crushed. So the sky dribbles the billions of pounds of water down in little drops. And they have to be big enough to fall for one mile or so without evaporating, and small enough to keep from crushing the wheat stalks.

How do all these microscopic specks of water that weigh a billion pounds get heavy enough to fall (if that's the way to ask the question)? Well, it's called coalescence. What's that? It means the specks of water start bumping into each other and join up and get bigger. And when they are big enough, they fall. Just like that? Well, not exactly, because they would just bounce off each other instead of joining up, if there were no electric field present. What? Never mind. Take God’s word for it…….it is an unsearchable wonder!

I still don't see why drops ever get to the ground, because if they start falling as soon as they are heavier than air, they would be too small not to evaporate on the way down, but if they wait to come down, what holds them up till they are big enough not to evaporate? Maybe there is a name for that as well but I’ll stick with the Bible that says they are upheld by the word of Jesus’ power. Look outside brother and sister and see the great and unsearchable thing that God has done. Thank you Lord for the wonder of rain.”

This weekend we will be exploring a very important part of the gospel. Last week I had some questions regarding justification and the place of sanctification (good deeds). Let me repeat this again. Our deeds, good or bad, have no basis in God justifying us. That is His work alone. From that truth comes two grievous errors which are: “let us sin so grace abounds” and “the fruit of genuine conversion becomes the cause of conversion.” Both of these are deadly. Join us as we see Paul explain how the righteousness of Christ will lead to personal righteousness. Do not miss this or you might fall to one of the two extremes above.

Reasoning together with you in His most holy word.

Blessings my friends,

Pastor Scott

Comments

Doug Martin November 20, 2019 5:03pm

Fabulous! Thanks.