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36 Meaningful Bible Verses About Rain

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Rainy days are classically thought of as dreary, dull, even sad or depressing days. I don’t think I would ever choose a rainy day over a sunny one, especially when I have outdoor plans.

But, like usual, God sees things a little differently than we do. We can learn quite a bit from the mentions of rain in the Bible, so as I researched these Bible verses about rain, I discovered a few important points that we can learn from God’s Word.

The Significance Of Rain In The Bible

As we look at the Scriptures, we can see that the food supply depended entirely on the seasons, and rain was an absolute necessity if the people were to eat.

The early rain was needed just after planting seed, for germinating and growing the seed into strong plants. This took place in the fall, late October to early November.

The rain would continue and cause the crops to grow throughout the winter, and in the spring, March and April, it was harvest time, when the latter rain would come to plump up the grain and make it ready for harvest.

Then typically, there would be no rain from May to October, and the cycle would repeat yearly.

If there was no harvest, famine was a threat, so the people depended on the rain to water the harvest, and God to send the rain. They knew that it was God who brought the harvest and the rain.

This sermon of Charles Haddon Spurgeon explains the seasons and rains in Palestine, and elaborates on the concept, comparing it to the Christian life.

God Is In Charge Of The Rain

With no rain, there would be famine and the people would die of starvation. They knew that ultimately, God was the One in charge of the rain.

In God’s answer to Job’s questions in the book of Job, which is one of he earliest-written books of the Bible, God makes it transparently clear that He is the only One with total control over rain, storms, thunder, and lightning.

Man can try to control the rains, the seasons, and even the climate, but it is God who is making it all work together for His planned results.

No human being or idol-god has any power to send or to withhold rain or storms, whether the storms of life or those of the earth.

And in Matthew, Jesus makes it clear that God sends sun and rain to both evil people and the good, those who are righteous and those who are not. We are utterly at the mercy of the only God of the universe, and must trust that He is working on our behalf in every part of our lives.

Job 28:25-26 (CSB)

When God fixed the weight of the wind and distributed the water by measure, when he established a limit for the rain and a path for the lightning…

Job 38:25-30

Who cuts a channel for the flooding rain or clears the way for lightning, to bring rain on an uninhabited land, on a desert with no human life, to satisfy the parched wasteland and cause the grass to sprout? Does the rain have a father? Who fathered the drops of dew? Whose womb did the ice come from? Who gave birth to the frost of heaven when water becomes as hard as stone, and the surface of the watery depths is frozen?

Psalm 135:7

He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain and brings the wind from his storehouses.

Isaiah 55:10-11

“For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth, and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so my word that comes from my mouth will not return empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”

Jeremiah 14:22

Can any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Or can the skies alone give showers? Are you not the LORD our God? We therefore put our hope in you, for you have done all these things.

Jeremiah 51:16

When he thunders, the waters in the heavens are tumultuous, and he causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain and brings the wind from his storehouses.

Matthew 5:45(b)

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

Sometimes God calms the storm...sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.

Rain Is Often Equated With Blessing In the Bible

We often associate rain with sadness and hardship, but God sends rain as refreshment and it is often related to blessings in the Bible. 

Sometimes we can look back on a “rainy season” and see the good that came out of it. God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8).

We can’t know what He is actually planning for our future, or what blessings He will bring from our difficulties. But we can trust Him and know that whatever His plans, they are for our good and for His glory.

It may seem like a stretch to be comparing rain with the trials of life. But in these passages, we see that even God is making such a comparison.

We see this in Deuteronomy, when He tells the Israelites through Moses, that they should let God’s teaching settle upon them like showers, and when He tells Isaiah that like pouring water on thirsty land, he will also pour out His Spirit and His blessings on human beings, .

We can see how easy the comparison was to make only when we realize that the people’s very lives and breath were related to the right amount of rain at the proper time. Their blessings and trials were directly related to the falling of rain.

Deuteronomy 28:12 (a)

The LORD will open for you his abundant storehouse, the sky to give your land rain in its season and to bless all the work of your hands.

Deuteronomy 32:2

Let my teaching fall like rain and my word settle like dew, like gentle rain on new grass and showers on tender plants.

Isaiah 44:3

For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants and my blessing on your offspring.

Jeremiah 5:24

They have not said to themselves, “Let’s fear the LORD our God, who gives the seasonal rains, both autumn and spring, who guarantees to us the fixed weeks of the harvest.”

Ezekiel 34:26

I will make them and the area around my hill a blessing: I will send down showers in their season; they will be showers of blessing.

Joel 2:23

Children of Zion, rejoice and be glad in the LORD your God, because he gives you the autumn rain for your vindication. He sends showers for you, both autumn and spring rain as before.

Hebrews 6:7-8

For the ground that drinks the rain that often falls on it and that produces vegetation useful to those for whom it is cultivated receives a blessing from God. But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and about to be cursed, and at the end will be burned.

He will come tour like the rain. Hosea 6:3

Rain Brings New Growth

Often references to rain in the Bible relate to new growth and nurturing. Spiritual growth is His highest priority for us, although growth is often painful. God sends the rain in season. He knows when and what we need, when we are oblivious to our own spiritual needs.

At times when we can’t see past the downpour of rainy times in life, we need to look ahead to the new growth and the refreshment that only God can bring out of these seasons.

Try to remember a dreary or difficult period of season in your life that resulted in something wonderful that you never would have predicted at the time. God’s timing is perfect and only He can make something out of nothing.

Leviticus 26:3-4

If you follow my statutes and faithfully observe my commands, I will give you rain at the right time, and the land will yield its produce, and the trees of the field will bear their fruit.

Deuteronomy 11:13-14

If you carefully obey my commands I am giving you today, to love the LORD your God and worship him with all your heart and all your soul, I will provide rain for your land in the proper time, the autumn and spring rains, and you will harvest your grain, new wine, and fresh oil.

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Isaiah 30:23

Then he will send rain for your seed that you have sown in the ground, and the food, the produce of the ground, will be rich and plentiful. On that day your cattle will graze in open pastures.

Isaiah 55:10

For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so my word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty, it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.

Hosea 6:3

Let’s strive to know the LORD. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land.

James 5:7

Therefore, brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.

Out-Of-Season Rain In the Bible

When God sends out-of-season or extended periods of rain, heavy rain accompanied by thunder or hail, or when He withholds rain in the Bible, it can be a sign of His displeasure.

I don’t know how this relates to our spiritual lives, but these Bible verses about rain being out of the ordinary are messages of His displeasure in these specific instances.

Please note that I am NOT saying bad situations or difficulties are signs of God’s displeasure. It’s just that in the following specific Bible verses about rain, He actually says that these particular instances do indicate His displeasure.

I would venture to say that whenever God allows us a rainy season, it is to capture our attention and get our minds and hearts focused on Him rather than on ourselves or our circumstances.

Once again, in the following passages, we see God’s power over the rain, the withholding of rain, and the effects of the rain or lack of rain. Of course, He created rain and everything else, so the whole earth ultimately answers to God.

Genesis 7:4

Seven days from now I will make it rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing I have made I will wipe off the face of the earth.

Genesis 7:10-12

Seven days later the floodwaters came on the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the sources of the vast water depths burst open, the floodgates of the sky were opened, and the rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

Deuteronomy 11:17

Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you. He will shut the sky, and there will be no rain; the land will not yield its produce, and you will perish quickly from the good land the LORD is giving you.

Deuteronomy 28:24

The LORD will turn the rain of your land into falling dust; it will descend on you from the sky until you are destroyed.

Jeremiah 14:4

The ground is cracked since no rain has fallen on the land. The farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads.

Zechariah 14:18

And if the people of Egypt will not go up and enter, then rain will not fall on them; this will be the plague the LORD inflicts on the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Shelters.

Having troubles is no reason for being ashamed or for believing you’re being punished by God. Read the book of Job to find out just how wrong that line of thinking is. God said that Job’s friends were wrong about Him when they thought that way.

As you can see, although we generally think of rain as something dreary and negative, it isn’t portrayed that way in the Bible. Most of the time rain was seen as a blessing, and was provided by God to care for and grow His creation.

So, when you are feeling like you’re living in the rainy season and it’s getting you down, just remember that only God knows the true reason for your trial, and when this season of rain is over, you may discover that you were actually being blessed in the most unfathomable ways.

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