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Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy: Has God come through for you?
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    Several years ago, I watched as a network news anchor talked about the beautiful weather predicted for that day. There had been a long period of poor weather — rain and unusually cool — and folks wanted to get outside. Who could blame them? Most prefer clear and sunny to wet and cold. The newsman then suggested that God had "come through" for the people of New York because their day promised to be clear and sunny.
    Now, wanting to avoid being overly critical of the anchor's choice of words, it nevertheless struck me as a somewhat odd way to points to God's blessings. According to scripture, he "causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous" (Matthew 5:45). The context of this comment by Jesus (found in verses 43–48) is that God loves and blesses everyone in many ways, and we should, too — even our enemies.
    In a similar vein, the patriarch Job asked, "Upon whom does (God's) light not rise?" (25:3). Further, the apostle Paul, working with Barnabas as they sought to convert the heathen people of Lystra in Asia Minor, told of God's graciousness toward them, saying that "he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness" (Acts 14:17).
    The statement that God "comes through" for us if it doesn't rain when we want it to be sunny might cause some to ask, "Does this mean God doesn't 'come through' for those who don't get their wishes, or have prayers answered in the ways they want?" After all, there are some who believe the age-old theory that poverty or bad health are sure signs of God's disapproval. But, perhaps few, — including our newscaster — would arrive at such a conclusion.
    Many say things about others — even about God — they likely don't intend to suggest. And it's not my intention to be unduly critical toward the comment in question, but to encourage us to think about what our words might imply, especially to some who might not know much about God and his relationship with his creation. After all, words do mean things, and they make impressions on others, both for good and, well, not so good!
    God "comes through" for everyone, especially his spiritual children — every day, in every way. Even the things that seem and perhaps are bad are either brought about or allowed by God's grace and love.
    Let's remember to count our blessings, in sunshine and rain, and give thanks in the name of the Lord Jesus.

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