There's nothing we can do to make it rain.
Rain in Season:
In the Old Testament:
The rain that comes in springtime during planting is called malqosh
The rain that came in autumn when the crops were finishing ripening is called yoreh.
If the rain came at the wrong time it was useless.
Rain was their source of water.
"Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;
it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain to all people,
and plants of the field to everyone." Zechariah 10:1
Blessings for all.
2 kinds of rain -- common.
"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." Matthew 5:44-45
This is the common rain. Treat everyone with a blessings. God does.
"Sow righteousness for yourselves,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the Lord,
until he comes
and showers his righteousness on you." Hosea 10:12
This is a Christian outlook on God's blessings. Every single breath we take is a blessing. If you look for blessings you will see them. If you look for curses you will see curses.
1. Store Up Your Blessings.
Wells weren't wells usually in the Middle East. They were really deep cisterns. The patriarch wells were cisterns.
Our blessings need to be stored up in our minds and hearts. Focus on the totality of our lives rather than just the here and now.
Houses had own cisterns 10,000-50,000 gallons. Israel had such a huge cistern they had water in a siege. We
2. Seek the Blessings.
"Listen, you heavens, and I will speak;
hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.
2 Let my teaching fall like rain
and my words descend like dew,
like showers on new grass,
like abundant rain on tender plants." Deuteronomy 32:1-2
All these examples of rain,drew, showers -- can represent the Word. Seek Him. He wants us to seek Him.
"On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:37-38
If you come to me You will receive. There are no droughts in heaven!!
3. Recognize the Blessings.
"As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:10-11
The Word and the Rain. The Word of God. We need to survive. If we don't feed on the Word we are creating a drought within us. Without God there's no purpose or meaning to anytthing.
Use technology to seek God. We are People of No Excuse.
4. Use the blessings!
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
We are meant to be givers. We are to be the blessings of the world. The more you give, the more you can give away and the more you receive. There's a purpose fo the blessings.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
If you're a miser with your blessings they will "mold."
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
God is and always has been the same (and always will be).
We can live in a realm of blessings.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
God intended to walk in the garden with us. Rely on God. He intends for us to be an oasis in the desert for this world.