WAITING FOR THE RAIN
James 5:7-8 ¶ Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Sometimes people are praying for things they not only don’t understand, they might not be happy if it actually happens. Revival can be like this. Many unsuspecting church folks pray for revival but they want it in their own image. The real “dead give away” is this, “Lord, send the real revival”. Did you catch the implication. Send my idea of revival. If The Lord Himself were to show up, it might get really messy. Jonathan Edwards spoke about the unpredictable nature of God’s outpourings. Check this out.
“Persons are very ready to be suspicious of what they have not felt themselves. It is to be feared many good men have been guilty of this error. . . . These persons who thus make their own experience their rule of judgment, instead of bowing to the wisdom of God, and yielding to his word as an infallible rule, are guilty of casting a great reflection upon the understanding of the Most High.”
Revival has often been compared to rain. Just as their are dry seasons and rainy seasons the same could be said of the spiritual rain. The Lord sends His rain in His seasons to accomplish His plans and purposes. Arthur Wallis spoke powerfully about revival rain in his book “In the Day of Thy Power”. Check this out.
“It has been shown that the church age is the time of rain. We may look upon Pentecost as the commencement of the former rain, for it was during those first and powerful effusions of the Spirit that the gospel was spread throughout the civilized world, and the ground prepared for the final harvest. Before the age concludes with the personal return of Christ at harvest time, we must expect the latter rain of promise, or the rain of ingathering. How can the day of reaping come before this final season of the outpouring of the Spirit, so vital for the final maturing of the spiritual harvest? Just as the rainy season of Canaan concluded with the same kind of rain as it began—the geshem, or heavy rain—so should we expect before the coming of Christ a season of mighty outpourings, eclipsing all that the church has experienced since the Reformation and only comparable in character and in power with the former rain of the early church.”
So get ready. It seems like we are due for another outpouring of His Spirit. Just as He sent the rain of preparation at Pentecost, He will now surely send His latter rain for harvest. How can we prepare. Listen to the words of Zechariah, “Zech. 10:1 Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone.”