Moderns in the city and suburbia use the word “drought” carelessly. The fact is, that most of us have been raised without care or thought of weather when it relates to our very livelihood. The fact is, the drought of 2007 has been devastating to the deep south region. It is the talk of this rural region just as it is the talk of South, being that it is now considered the worst drought in the history of this region. If you could only see what the lands, that normally are flourishing with bounteous greenery and fields and streams of plenty, look like after many consistent days of over 100 degree heat and no rain for weeks, nor substantial rain for months and a forcast for continued over 100 degree weather with no rain. It is absolutely unreal and just flat out scary!
We were driving into town the other day, mile after mile we were seeing the dry parched earth; literally, a dust bowl with barren fields and dry ponds. My husband prayed a prayer of thanks today that had me really thinking. It went something like, “Thank you Father, for even the heat outside reminds us of how you redeemed us from very the fires of Hell.” That wasn’t exactly what I was thinking, but at least he put a perspective on a very depressing, miserable, unprecedented summer.
Today, we learned what ultra water conservation was! The drought is now affecting our regularly daily living of basic dishes and laundry to the point that I am not able to do these things like normal. Tonight I checked the spring tank and we have a foot of water in our tank with a slow trickle of spring water that is coming forth from this thirsty ground. We trust the Lord and know He will preserve us.
Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:
In church on Sunday, I was feeling the weight of the seriousness of this drought as I listened to several men in the church pray earnestly to God for rain. Simple rain that many of us take for granted too many times.
I was encouraged by the leadership of the governor of Alabama, our sister state, who recognizes that our dependency is upon Almighty God and without is aid and favor we are helpless. I have heard the the governor of Georgia has also issued a similar proclamation.
This is the proclamation that Gov. Bob Riley of Alabama issued last month calling on citizens to pray for rain.
WHEREAS, Alabama is suffering from a devastating drought that threatens the livelihood of many of our citizens and reduces the quality of life for all citizens; and….
WHEREAS, throughout our history, Alabamians have turned in prayer to God to humbly ask for his blessings and to hold us steady during times of difficulty:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bob Riley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby encourage citizens of Alabama to pray daily for rain…. (read more)
At least Governor Riley recognizes the One, True God and our dependence upon Him. The governor of Tennessee has relied on the USDA and federal aid, which is nothing but a false sense of security and a invitation for further judgment!
The press release from the governor of Alabama’s office about the prayer proclamation went further to say:
Don Wambles, Director of the Alabama Farmers Market Authority, commends the Governor for recognizing the seriousness of our current situation and his willingness to call Alabamians to pray. “There are many references in the Bible to God’s assurance of answering prayer but maybe the most fitting for our current situation is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14. ‘If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.’ We need God’s forgiveness and our land needs His healing. This verse of scripture tells us how to achieve that,” said Wambles.
The first proclamation we should be declaring are proclamations of widespread repentance and return to the God of our founding fathers through whose obedience, God was pleased and blessed this nation beyond any nation on earth. We live in a nation now that is a far cry from what we use to be! Mr. Wambles correctly identifies the first and foremost issue by stating that “We need God’s forgiveness and our land needs His healing.” The hope is in widespread repentance and reformation.
Deut. 8:19-20 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.
Jeremiah 50:38 38 A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.
I found much comfort in reading scriptures about drought and famine tonight because it only illuminates and shows forth the power of God. He sends the rains. He withholds rain. He controls the weather. He is completely sovereign and all powerful! Our duty is to walk wholly after Him, submitting to His will and obeying his commands. In our obedience, we are blessed.