Book: Proverbs 25
“A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like a cloud and wind that bring no rain”
Living on the west-coast we sometimes call it the “wet-coast” November through March. In the summer months we get minimal rain and as I sit here at the end of August once again it has been a beautiful sunny warm day. I enjoy the sun but rain is important to me in the summer as well.
Since I enjoy gardening and seeing things grow, both water and sun are needed. I water all of my plants using stored rain water, but by the end of the summer the tanks are getting low. Without water they will be finished.
I look out my window and pray for a bit of rain much like Elijah did in 1 Kings 18. Elijah prayed and sent his servant out seven times before he eventually saw a small cloud and said “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea” (verse 44). That was enough to know rain was on its way. The sky became full of thick dark clouds. Then a great rainstorm hit the country.
Now imagine what it would have been like if the thick dark clouds did not produce any needed rain for the land. That would have been a big disappointment to Elijah, his servant, Ahab and the people.
This proverb reminds us of the importance of keeping our promises. Children especially, expect that adults will keep their word and not break their promises. They anticipate receiving what has been promised to them. They may dream about it or share with others what has been promised. To not receive it is a break of trust for them. It actually hurts them.
Ask the Lord to help you fulfill any promise you have made to others, especially children. As well, ask the Lord to help you pray as Elijah did. He prayed persistently based on God’s word and promise for the rain.