Encouragement through the struggles of life

You can’t have a Rainbow without the Rain…or can You?

You can’t have a rainbow without the rain is the ole’ saying. But is it true? I guess it depends on where you’re at. If you’re talking about life on Earth, the saying definitely holds water.

Cloudy days and storms are the norm in mankind’s life (Job 14:1). Rich, poor, man, woman, young, old, red, yellow, black or white – no one is exempt from heartache, pain, disaster, disappointment or death. Physical conditions and resources may limit the detrimental experiences that we face, but no earthly condition in and of themselves exempts us from all the trials of life.

So the idea of not being able to have a rainbow without the rain reminds us that grief is inevitable, but grief can cause us to look at the blessings of life in a brighter way by reminding us that the storms don’t last forever. Sweet tastes much sweeter after a dose of something bitter!

But did you know the Bible promises a rainbow without the rain? You won’t find it on Earth though – only in Heaven, after we live faithfully through the rain that tries us. EA

Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.” (Revelation 4:2-3)

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THE GOD AND FATHER OF…

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;” (2 Corinthians 1:3)

Paul introduces his letter to Corinth with three references to God and these three references can teach three lessons about God to each of us.

THE FATHER OF JESUS:

Think about this one now. The virgin birth is a crucial element to the gospel of Christ. No virgin birth means no Son of God! No Son of God means no Savior! No Savior means no hope of salvation! Only the Son of Adam? Only the Son of Man? By no means! Jesus is the Son of God (John 1:14, 3:16, 8:42; Hebrews 1:1-8).

Paul does not mention Bethlehem by name, but he definitely mentions Bethlehem by proxy. The Spirit of God declared Jesus to be the Son of God in the lineage of David through the fullness of the womb of Mary and the Spirit also declared Jesus to be the Son of God through the emptiness of the tomb near Calvary (Romans 1:1-4). The Gospel does not make Jesus the Son of God – the Son of God makes the Gospel.

THE FATHER OF MERCIES:

What a blessing once disguised but now made manifest (1 Peter 1:9-12). And notice Paul says mercies. Yes, “every good and perfect gift comes down from above” (James 1:17) and mercy is definitely one of them. Zacharias proclaimed that his son John would prepare the way of the Lord and reveal that tender mercy that would send the Dayspring from on high (Luke 1:67-78).

These mercies were not only revealed through the life of Jesus on the Earth (John 14:7ff) but they are also revealed through the life of Jesus in Heaven (Ephesians 2:4-6). Mercy can be a misunderstood word and taken for granted here on Earth, but it will not be underappreciated when a person makes it to Heaven because of it.

THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT:

This is a comfort that creates and encourages a life modeled after Jesus. Without that spiritual comfort there would be no spiritual “exhale of relief” when trials are over. Comfort comes in knowing that the troubles of this life are temporary and that God has made a promise to one day take the burden of pain and heartache and replace them with healing and joy (Revelation 21:3-4). As Paul mentioned it to the Corinthians, this was without a doubt a thought that encouraged him in his goals with the gospel.

BLESSED BE GOD:

The moments in life when we see God working, building and healing are great, but the moments when we do not even realize it are truly amazing. There are times when we take the smallest blessings for granted not realizing that they are the building blocks to a strong and healthy faith. When God created the vast universe He also fathered a plan and a way into His family through His Son Jesus, through His tender mercy and through His comfort that none rivals (Ephesians 3:8-19). EA

Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 6:8-9)