The Rain Falls on the Just and the Unjust

rainIt is a rainy morning in NW Georgia, just like it is in much of the South and just like it has been for many days. As a matter of fact it has rained every single day for the past week. That’s good for the water table and our farmers this summer but rain has never been my personal favorite.

I used to quote from Matthew, he makes the rain fall on the just and the unjust, to explain that some things are common to us all. Bad things sometimes happen to good people; the earth was affected by sin and the curse and is no longer perfect the way God made it. But that is a terrible application of that verse! A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing and what i was really doing was misusing scripture to make it say something it does not say because I happen to not like rainy days. What Jesus was really saying is this:

You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:43-45

The verse is about common grace. God the Father knows how to give his children good gifts. He sends sunshine and rain to all people, the good and evil, those that love him and those that do not. Just like a parent knows what is best for a child – from taking medicine to eating vegetables – God knows what his children need.

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