Sometimes, we want only the joy, peace, and sweetness of the rain without the thunder that it brings.
Thunder can be often be an intense voice that stirs up fear; without a doubt, it is a magnificent impact.
That’s just what the Lord is doing these days: He’s making an impact and calling us to recognize the significance of His voice.
Look around you, what changes have occurred? What recognizable things has the Lord God done around you?
I remember just as the pandemic was happening that nature suddenly seemed so different – everything seemed fresh, new, and reverent. The air became clearer; the birds’ singing was a louder, longer, majestic praise – the feeling and purity of a new dew’s morning ever so constant throughout the day, with early morning songs hummed to the Lord day and night; animals continuing to present themselves in twos; and the roaring sound of rain accompanied by a volumous, declaring thunder.
“This is what I say,” says the Lord. “Hear me, for I am here, and I am requiring something from you! A change that moves the nations, a change that settles and sets the captives free.”
18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” – Exodus 20:18-20
This season of rain is producing a special kind of harvest – it is producing God’s harvest. And it behooves us to hear His voice and produce in harmonious synchrony with Him. Don’t discredit the splendor of the thunder, neither ignore the purpose of today’s rain and thunderstorms. Recognize the relevance of God’s voice in it; do not discard of it or attribute it to “normalcy.” Because, at the end there will be a harvest, and what is harvested before you will be a result of your obedience to God – or irreverence thereof.
Will you be a vessel among the church that hears the voice of God and moves on His behalf?
P.S., Pastors Seneca & Kaye Howard