Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people. (Zech. 10:1)
Water is vital to Israel. To conserve water, plants and trees are watered with drip irrigation. Desalination plants use reverse osmosis to remove salt from sea water to produce fresh drinking water. Water shortage in Israel is an ageless problem. Hezekiah built a tunnel before 701 BCE, known as Hezekiah’s Tunnel, to provide fresh water for Jerusalem during the attack by King Sennacherib of Assyria.
In an attempt to meet the water shortage for the people of Israel, Zechariah encouraged the people to ask the Lord for rain in the springtime. The Hebrew word for rain means “rain of plenty.” The rain in the fall and winter made the seeds sprout and grow, but the springtime rain was vital for fruition of the crops. If the crops did not produce, hunger and starvation ensued.
Zechariah highlighted that the Lord was the one who sent rain, not the false idols. When the Israelites followed after the false idols, they wandered like lost sheep. The Lord longed to be their shepherd who would lead them and provide for their specific needs. He wanted them to rely on him for their material needs, and by asking, to show their dependence on him spiritually.
It is the same in our lives. The Lord wants us to ask him for our physical and spiritual needs. He desires to give rain aplenty.
Ask the Lord for your specific needs.
Gena Duncan is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan College. She and her husband reside in Naples, Florida, in the winter season.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.