Water Without Rain

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Oh, what a word of encouragement I have for you today! It is found in the answer to this question: “If you are out in a field or valley, far away from a water supply, how do you get water without rain?” The answer is found in the Old Testament:

This is what the Lord says: “I will fill this valley with pools of water. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord.” (2 Kings 3:16-17)

Second Kings recounts the dire circumstances confronting three armies that were suffering from severe thirst, with no relief in sight, until the Lord God Omnipotent intervened. Without sending any wind or rain, God supplied all the water that was needed by both man and beast.

Mark this well, beloved: our God is not dependent upon ordinary means to meet extraordinary needs. Our God is in the business of meeting every need of His people. But He meets those needs in His way and in His timing, and He is never dependent upon the natural way by which we would expect those needs to be met.

Here is another way to look at this truth and be encouraged. We are never to look at what would be called secondary causes—rain for water—because behind the rain is the Righteous Rainmaker of the Universe. Our God needs no means to meet our needs. He simply wills what we need into existence whenever He sees fit. To be sure, God is pleased to use ordinary means to meet our needs, and frequently this is the way He does it. But when supernatural pathways are in His plans, we are called to look beyond the secondary causes and see the First and Faithful Cause: the sovereign Creator of the universe.

If our God can bring us water without rain, He can bring healing without medicine and doctors. To be sure, God uses the most advanced medical treatments available to man. But there are times when medicine falls short but our God brings the cure. The doctors are bewildered, but the believer is strengthened in belief, seeing the truth of Scripture born out: with God all things are possible! Our God is not confined to answering our prayers in the way we expect it or in the way He has done in the past. He will always meet us in our place of deepest need, but it will always be in His way . . . and often that will be an unexpected way!

We can all think back to times of prayers that were not answered in the ways we expected. Water quenched our thirst, yet there was no rain. A financial obligation was met, yet there was no money. Healing was achieved, yet there was no medical pathway to recovery. Wherever there is lack in your life right now, know this: your loving heavenly Father can bring you abundance in unexpected ways. God is not dependent upon anyone or anything to accomplish His purposes in your life. Look to Him and Him alone, and you will soon be standing knee-deep in streams of water . . . with no rain in sight!

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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