Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance. — 2 Chronicles 6:27
There is something that is refreshing about the rain. There are a lot of people that do not like it, but there’s just something about a nice shower that seems to settle and calm things. Rain provides nourishment and brings life to things that would otherwise dry up.
In the Bible, rain is often considered a blessing. The idea is that it is something that someone receives who may not be able to provide it themselves or may not deserve what they received. The verse here in 2 Chronicles talks about that very thing in the previous verse. It talks about how heaven was shut up and there was no rain. Why? Because of the sin of the people.
God does not want to withhold the rain from His people. It’s quite the opposite. God wants to send his blessings to His people every day, but so many times we keep ourselves from receiving this rain from God. If we live our lives for God, He will bless them. That does not mean health, wealth, and all things are perfect.
But one thing that is often overlooked is that you can never recover from a period without rain. For a farmer, consistent watering of crops provides the optimal circumstance for them to grow. If those crops miss rain for a week or two, they never fully recover from their lack of rain. Sometimes it leads to smaller crops or less production.
We have God’s promise that when we stray, He will again bless us when we return. But that blessing does not mean we will fully recover from our departure. The only way to fully experience the blessings of God is to remain close to Him. Just one day separated from Him has lasting effects.