"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."2 Corinthians 9:8
One of the subtle differences between life in prison and life on the outside is seen every time it rains. While the prison staff can carry umbrellas when walking from building to building, inmates are not allowed to have them. So if it’s raining, we get wet. Wearing a rain poncho doesn’t seem to help much either, because taking it off gets a person as wet as not wearing one!
But I have begun to have an appreciation for walking outside while the rain washes down on me. God’s grace is like rain. It’s going to come down. God longs to be gracious to His people (Isaiah 30:18), and He has given grace to each one of us (Ephesians 4:7). Just as the rain cleanses and refreshes the physical world, God’s grace cleanses and refreshes the soul.
Even if it doesn’t seem to be “raining” right now, know that God’s grace is there for the asking (Hebrews 4:16). Remarkably, it is even there when we do not ask for it. Do you need cleansing and refreshing from the poured out love of Jesus? God’s grace is there for you – stand in the rain!
Hallelujah! Grace like rain falls down on me.
Hallelujah! All my stains are washed away.
(Originally by John Newton;
2003 recording by Todd Agnew)