Morning Rain

Among the most soothing of sounds is early morning rain. I woke to the steady pat pat pat on the roof and saw the macadam in slick black outside the window after a night of steady showers.

I welcome these sounds, these sights, as it is has been dangerously dry this fall.

As I worked through my early morning regimen I read the following:

Who has ascended to heaven and come down?

Who has gathered the wind in his fists?

Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?

Who has established all the ends of the earth?

What is his name, and what is his son’s name?

Surely you know! (Proverbs 30:4 ESV)

The proverbial questions are rhetorical, of course. The writer is contrasting his ignorance with the wisdom and providence of God. Humility is called for for the wise person.

And of course this has everything to do with the gospel.

When Christ took on flesh, he came to us as the wisdom of God.

As the NT explains the gospel’s working power, it is ” . . . to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24 ESV).

Then we get this theological salvo from the apostle Paul:

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29 ESV).

When one reads Scripture correctly, it is consistent throughout: God is high and lifted up; we sinners are to listen to him via his revealed Word; and humility is one of the fruits of the Spirit.

The rain falls. We have nothing to do with it. We’re just to thank the One who sends it.

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