Umbrellas have been around for about 4,000 years. The Egyptians and Assyrians used umbrellas to provide shade from the sun. In fact, the word "umbrella" comes from the Latin root word "umbra", meaning shade or shadow. Umbrellas are used for that purpose today in desert climates and on beaches.
In the 16th century in northern Europe, umbrellas were adapted to provide shelter from the rain. The first commercial umbrella shop opened in London in 1830. Today, most people own at least one umbrella, regardless of where they live, to either keep themselves cool or to keep themselves dry.
At times in our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, we go through dry seasons. Our spirit seems parched and withered. We pray for a good down pour upon our spirit and wonder what happened to the rain.
Well, let’s look into the Word of God to see what the LORD says about rain.
First, rain is an instrument of judgment in God’s hand. Once, there was too much rain and the Ark was the only way of escape (Gen 6-8; Recently, the rains of Hurricane Katrina bear the fingerprints of God’s warning of impending judgment). At other times, Divine judgment is seen by the absence of rain (1 K 17-18 with James 5:17; Gen 15:13-16 with Gen 42:1-5leading to the conquest of the inheritance; Deut 11:16-17; 2 Chron 6:26-27; Zech 14:17-18).
Secondly, rain is a blessing from God that produces fruitfulness. The blessing is a function of our obedience (Lev 26:1-4;Deut 11:8-15; Deut 28:8-13). The blessing is a function of our repentance (Hosea 6:1-3). The blessing is a function of God’s mercy (Matt 5:45; Acts 14:15-17).
Thirdly, rain is a metaphor for the Word of God (Deut 32:1-4; Is 55:8-11; Amos 8:11 (indirectly).
Therefore, if you are in a dry season in your walk with the Lord, perhaps you are carrying around an umbrella and blocking the blessing of God’s rain. Ask yourself several questions:
1. Is pride, as manifested in either stubbornness or outright rebellion, in your heart? (1 Sam 15:22-23; Prov 6:16-19)
If so, drop your umbrella and repent.
2. Is your life fruitful? (John 15:1-5; Gal 5:22-25)
If not, drop your umbrella and submit.
3. Are you in the Word of God every day? (Ps 1:1-3)
If not, drop your umbrella, slow down and drink.
4. In the midst of a trial, have you allowed Satan to rip you off of your joy? (James 1:2-5; Phil 4:4-13; 1 Thes 5:16-19)
If so, drop your umbrella and look up.
Jesus Christ is our covering (Acts 4:12). The LORD is our umbrella.