Monday, May 23, 2011
Jude writes concerning Godless men:
"These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever."
"Clouds without rain" caught my attention.
And maybe since it hasn't stopped raining
in my part of the world for the better part
of six weeks, this three word description
just smacked me in the face.
What exactly is wrong with "rainless" clouds?
How is this a negative?
Well, thinking about it I came up with two
1. Clouds without rain are useless.
If you're a farmer and your fields are
in need of rain, seeing the rain clouds
come would be a grateful sight.
But what if that is all there was,
a cloudy day? NO RAIN.
Therefore, no relief to your thirsting
USELESS. No good. Empty promises.
2. Clouds without rain lead to doubt.
Suppose I was to plan a day for my family
to go to a Pirate game. I haven't bought the
tickets yet because I was going to do that
when we got to the stadium.
The game is at a certain time. A few hours
before we are going to head to the stadium,
the black rain clouds roll in.
Now the question becomes, is it going to rain
and ruin the experience, or worse, get there
and then the game is cancelled? OR, is it
just going to threaten to rain, but never will,
so by not going, we may miss a great experience?
Rainless clouds produce doubt.
Doubt. Mislead. Shake your security.
No one has room in their lives for rainless clouds.
They are useless doubt sowers who do damage.
Question? Are there days in my life where I am
acting as the cloud without the rain?
Do I sow doubt? Am I being useless in another's life?
God, produce in me a useful, thirst quenching rain
that others will see and glorify YOU for it.