“There hath been no latter rain.” Jeremiah 3:3
Spiritual drought makes a wasteland where once there was a Canaan. It reduces a land flowing with milk and honey to poverty and want. It produces spiritual famine, powerlessness, and despondency.
No generation knows this better than ours. We are living through a prolonged and terrible drought. Gone are the days of great awakenings when the preaching of the old evangel caused a deep fear of God to fall upon multitudes and led them to faith in Christ. Where once there were floods of blessing, we have only dried-up river beds that testify to what used to be and mock our present deadness.
The lack of spiritual fulness is evident on an individual level, too. Do you not lament that in your own experience, you have lacked the latter rain? The latter rain is the rain shortly before harvest. Without it, the harvest is scorched. Ah! where are the fulness and fruitfulness we know we should experience? Where is the freshness we should have in prayer? Where is the power we should have in witness? Where are the results we should see for our preaching? Alas! ‘There hath been no latter rain.’
This drought is not accidental. Jeremiah says, ‘Therefore the showers have been withholden.’ When the heavens are as brass, it is because God has shut them up in response to our sin (II Chron. 7:13). The worldliness so prevalent among God’s people today is the direct cause of our spiritual drought.
The answer to our needs is clearly the opening of heaven and the outpouring of the latter rain. II Chronicles 7:14 tells us how to obtain this blessing. It can come only by self-humbling, prayer, and repentance. Can we endure another day of drought? May God drive us to our knees and keep us there till we hear the ‘sound of abundance of rain’ (I Kings 18:41).
Quote for the day:
It is an alarming condition for a Christian man . . . when there is more knowledge of the truth than the experience of its power.
– Octavius Winslow