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71. No Rain.

I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. - Isaiah 5:6.

RAIN essential for growth of seed and fruit, and its withdrawal for a length of time a terrible temporal judgment, especially in hot climates.

The spiritual rain of the Holy Spirit's influence essential to a spiritual life, in its beginning, growth, ripening, perfecting. Its withdrawal the last and most terrible of judgments. (See whole verse.)

Especially is it a mark of anger for clouds to be overhead, and yet to drop no rain: to have the means of grace, but no grace with the means Let us consider:

I. WHAT IT MEANS.

1. Ministers allowed to preach, but without power.

2. Ordinances celebrated, but without the benediction of the Lord.

3. Assemblies gathered, but the Lord not in the midst.

4. The Word read, but with no application to the heart.

5. Formality of prayer kept up, but no pleading with God.

6. The Holy Ghost restrained, and grieved.

This has been the case full often, and may be again with any church or person if sin be tolerated after warning. Is it so in the present assembly, or with any one in it?

The clouds, ordained to rain, are commanded not to do so; commanded by God himself, with whom is the key of the rain; commanded altogether to withhold their refreshing showers. There is no necessary connection between outward ordinances and grace; we may have clouds of the first, and no drops of the second.

II. WHAT IT INVOLVES.

1. No conversions, for these are by the Spirit.

2. No restorations of backsliders. Withered plants are not revived when there is no rain.

3. No refreshing of the weary: comfort and strength come not except by the dew of heaven.

4. No spiritual activities. Lukewarmness reigns through routine unto death. The workers move like persons walking in their sleep.

5. No holy joys, delights, triumphs.

As everything pines when there is no rain, so do all good things suffer when there is a spiritual drought.

Nothing can make up for it.

Nothing can flourish without it.

III. HOW IT MANIFESTS ITSELF.

A parched season spiritually has its own signs in the individual.

1. The soul experiences no benefit under the Word.

2. The man feels glutted with the gospel, and wearied with it.3. He begins to criticize, carp, cavil, and despise the Word.

4. Soon he is apt to neglect the hearing of it.

5. Or he hears and perverts the Word, either to boasting, to ridicule, to controversy, or to ill-living.

It is a horrible thing when that which should be a savor of life unto life becomes a savor of death unto death, when even the clouds refuse to rain.

Is it so with any one of us?

IV. HOW IT CAN BE PREVENTED.

Let us humbly use the means without putting our trust in them, and then let us,

1. Confess our ill-desert. The Lord might justly have withheld his grace from us.

2. Acknowledge our dependence upon the heavenly showers of spiritual influence.

3. Pray incessantly, till, like Elias, we bring down the rain.

4. Look alone to Jesus. "He shall come down like rain."

5. Value the least sign of grace, watching for it as the prophet did from the top of Carmel, till he saw the little cloud arise from the sea.

6. Use the blessing more diligently when it returns, bringing forth fruit unto God.

Let this act as an incentive to gratitude to those who are wet with showers of blessing.

And as a warning to those who are losing their interest in the gatherings of the Sabbath.

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