Religious Reflection

Praying for rain and the reign

Tuesday's headlines reported, "Drought imminent." Is God punishing Washington state and the Northwest? How can the government keep the agricultural industry afloat when there is no water? Where are you going to put your trust?

In the Old Testament, prophets declared the word of the Lord in order to bring his people back to godly living. Today many people assume that godly living means being nice to people that you like. But God called the people to holy worship, humble respect and profound honor. If the people did not live with that kind of sincere attitude it was considered sinful and God allowed calamity, and drought, to get their attention again. The truth of God has not changed throughout history and he still wants our attention.

Taking a quick look at a drought situation in the book of Haggai, chapter one, God called the drought because of their disobedience. In verses 8-9 it says, Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house (temple), so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored," says the LORD. Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.

The point here is that the people broke some of the Ten Commandments; you shall have no other gods before me and keep the Sabbath day holy. They did not honor God first. They had become scoffers.

Now that we live under the grace of Jesus Christ our debt of reverence is even greater. He was sacrificed because we sinned. Jesus Christ is the King of kings and we must live out our respect for him. God only tolerates half-hearted worship for so long, and then he gets our attention.

There is great hope for those who let Christ reign.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He 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.

We the people of the Valley need to repent of independence, pride, rebelliousness and sexual immorality. As we do that Jesus will be held in honor and we will be forgiven and the land will be healed.

Mt. St. Helens has given us a convenient reminder of Isaiah 64:3, For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.

There will be a prayer meeting for all interested at the Grapevine Inn Best Western Motel at 6:30 p.m., today, (Friday).

- Pastor Mike Henry of Sunnyside Free Methodist Church.


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