“And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed”
(Genesis 2:5-8 KJV)
Greetings dear saints of God may this letter find you in good health and with a happy and joyful heart.
The Scripture quoted above reveals a simple and fundamental principle we all should know. Where there was no man there was no rain, where there was no rain there was no garden. When God can prepare a man, He can plant a garden! America, let alone, the nations of the world are desperate for the rain of God. And all God needs is a man!
Today God is preparing you to be “His man” and that’s not an easy assignment! Clearly I’m not implying there will be only one man but rather a company of men, and women, numbering in the millions. You then, by embracing the discipline of The Lord, are set apart to a high, holy, and costly process. God’s garden is His people. He wants to rain on them but He wants them cultivated and properly tended to. When God has those He has called and prepared to tend His garden the rain will come! Why do “revivals” seem to begin strong and finish weak”? They are not properly tended to. Men take ownership and wrestle with God for the control. A true revival cannot be controlled nor will it be silent!
For Christians today it’s easy to be theoretical in our theology and presumptuous in our lifestyle to the point that we fall far short of our purpose and calling. I fear that would be the condition in my life! God wants, I believe, to “send the rain” on this nation. If that’s true what’s the hold up? I believe the simple answer is in the Scripture already presented. He has no man!
If God has made you hungry for the rain of revival it’s because He has included you in His process of preparation! Fasten your seatbelts my friend, it’s going to be the rife of your life! Hopefully many of you will discern what God is doing and yield to the process. But be aware that spiritual vision and the “wisdom that is from above” are required to recognize The Hand of God in the circumstances you are facing. The higher the calling the greater the price you must pay. The greater your passion and desire for Him requires a greater willingness to pay whatever the cost.
God has a garden in mind for you to cultivate and, therefore, He puts you in His process of preparation. He desires to make you “fruitful, give you dominion, so you can replenish the earth”. That was God’s commission to Adam and it’s His to you as well. (See Genesis 2:28). It’s a notable that the word “replenish” in Genesis 2:28 is the same Hebrew word used in Habakkuk 2:14, “The whole earth with be “filled” with the knowledge of The Glory of The Lord as the waters cover the sea”.
Our mission in life, yours and mine, is to conform to this process of preparation. Our ultimate call as plainly stated is to replenish and fill the earth with The Glory of God! Do you think that’s a high calling? You’re right, it is! It’s the highest and to be called to it is the greatest of all privileges!
I suppose the greatest burden I carry is not for the “lost” but rather for the “found”, those who are wonderfully saved but blind to the purpose for which God has saved them. It seems to me the church has lost sight of God’s eternal purpose and very little if any emphasis is placed there. I agree we are to be blessed and prosper in this life but what about the life one enters when he or she departs this thin veil and steps into the next world? Let me way this and move on. “We are interns in this life in preparation for the next life.” To waist this life is to be unprepared for the next.
As Christians we are looking for a new heaven and a new earth. In the new earth the garden of God will be restored and there will be those prepared to tend the garden. We learn to do that now not then.
You are standing in a “garden” that’s waiting for the rain. You are the man or the woman God can use right where you are. Ask Him to open your eyes to recognize the little trees of righteousness sprouting up all around you to whom you can tend and cultivate with the water life and the Word and Spirit.
I’m hours away from my next Brazil mission. Where I’ll be the conference speaker in four cities. I would appreciate knowing you are praying with me. All I want is rain on my garden!
Blessings to each of you,