“He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” – Matthew 5:45 (NKJV)
Only a technological church that loves to play would see rain as a curse. She doesn’t want anything to damper her sunshine parade. Newsflash: rain has been a blessing for millennia! Drought and famine are the curses.
The lesson here isn’t sun and rain. It’s the forgotten God who gives us countless blessings every day, even when we’re not looking for them and don’t deserve them. Sun, rain, wind, life, health, and agility: these are unasked-for blessings. God doesn’t trumpet each gift like a showman. He makes himself known only in judgment (Psalm 9:16).
God often gives us what we need without us ever asking him. He works behind the scenes – just like a playwright, screenwriter, or producer – and is rarely thanked for it. This is why Jesus tells us not to let our left hand know what our right hand is doing (Matthew 6:3). We give like God when we give in secret (6:4). Only then will we be rewarded openly (6:4). This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ask God for what we need or want in prayer. We should, if we ask according to his will (1 John 5:14). But again, we pray like God when we pray in secret (Matthew 6:6).
The evil and the unjust are ungrateful. They don’t thank God for the daily blessings that they take for granted. But do the good and the just ever thank him? I wonder.
God invites us to worship him daily in spirit and in truth – whether in a church, in a car, at a hospital, or in a bedroom. He wants us to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). God knows that only in his presence will we be satisfied. We usually accept the invitation on Sundays. The rest of the week, we choose to forget God. His food and drink go untasted.
Where is the man or woman who will stop ignoring our forgotten God?