This morning was gray and dreary, overcast with no hope of sunshine, and the lugubrious light rain which rendered the morning counterproductive for any outdoor activity gently reminded me of a verse found in Matthew 5:45
“…For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” NLT
You see the rain isn’t an indicator of evil or the foreboding of God’s wrath, nor is the sun a sure sign of the benevolence of God. The rain and the sun are both blessings from God which He gives to everyone, regardless of an individuals spiritual state, whether to obedience and surrender to Jesus or open rebellion to God.
In other words, you don’t receive God’s favor or love simply because you’re obedient. Our obedience to Jesus should be the overflow of a heart that has been transformed by His power.
Often times rain is considered a metaphor for trials, tribulations, suffering, or punishment; the truth about rain is that it is incredibly necessary for the Earth to be replenished and refreshed. Much of the same could be said of our struggles, without which we wouldn’t understand the concept of victory, accomplishment, or the great heights of joy.
In truth, in Old Testament times, the rain was very much viewed as a blessing from God; without the rain their crops would dry up and the streams would be beds of dust.
Regardless how you view the rain or shine, the truth remains that you didn’t DO something to deserve either situation. If the sun is shining on you, it’s because God loves you. If the rain is pouring on you, recognize His incredible love towards you.
So why does God show blessings, favor, or love to everyone?
John 3:16 makes a very simple and clear point that God loves the entire world.
This is what real love looks like – rain and sun.
In 1 John 4:10 we’re told what real love is
10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. NLT
I can’t do anything to deserve God’s blessings. While I was God’s enemy He offered me the gift of forgiveness, His mercy, and His grace.
Whether you view this verse as a literal assessment of precipitation and daylight, or whether you wax deeply into metaphors with considerations of blessings and curses, please keep this in mind…
If it’s raining… God loves you
If it’s sunny… God loves you.
fides quaerens intellectum – faith seeking understanding