New Living Translation (NLT)
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Prepare for rain. In Deuteronomy, the Israelites were about to take possession of a land that, according to the scriptures immediately proceeding these, God deeply cared for and always had His eyes on. A land flowing with milk and honey. A land that God blessed with an abundance of life-sustaining precipitation. A land that God had deemed suitable for His chosen people.
Prepare for rain. It's my favorite line from the movie, Facing The Giants. The film portrays a lukewarm Christian high school, filled with a lukewarm football team, led by a lukewarm coach. In the scene that I like so much, a very NOT lukewarm man known only as "Mr. Bridges" is seen walking the halls after school, touching every locker as he prays out loud for the students. He steps into the coach's office and gives him a message that he'd been led by God to give. A message that the coach is to be deeply rooted and bloom where he is planted. Curious, the coach follows the older man back out into the hallway and asks if he really believes that stuff. Mr. Bridges then tells the coach of a story he'd heard about two farmers. One believed God would provide rain in a drought, and prepared for the rain to come. The other did not. The one who had prepared reaped the benefit of the rainfall.
Prepare for rain. What does it mean to prepare? The dictionary defines prepare as to put in proper condition or readiness. In the scriptures I posted above, Israel is promised that if they carefully obey His commands, love Him with all their hearts, and serve Him in all they do, that God would provide the right amount of rainfall in each season, so that the harvest would be abundant. That sounds exactly like a proper condition, a readiness, for God to rain down His blessings abundantly.
Are you prepared for rain?