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God’s Glory in the Rain (John Piper)

September 6, 2008

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Since the hurricane is passing through Wake Forest, I thought this would be an appropriate post. Pastor Andy Davis from First Baptist Durham came to SEBTS this past week to preach in chapel. He used a powerful illustration in his sermon from John Piper on the glory of God seen in rain. I decided to track it down and here is a portion of it (with the passage in its entirety at this original link):

[…] But Job is not joking. “God does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number.” He gives rain on the earth.” In Job’s mind, rain really is one of the great, unsearchable wonders that God does. So when I read this a few weeks ago, I resolved not to treat it as meaningless pop musical lyrics. I decided to have a conversation with myself (= meditation).

Is rain a great and unsearchable wonder wrought by God? Picture yourself as a farmer in the Near East, far from any lake or stream. A few wells keep the family and animals supplied with water. But if the crops are to grow and the family is to be fed from month to month, water has to come on the fields from another source. From where?

Well, the sky. The sky? Water will come out of the clear blue sky? Well, not exactly. Water will have to be carried in the sky from the Mediterranean Sea, over several hundred miles and then be poured out from the sky onto the fields. Carried? How much does it weigh? Well, if one inch of rain falls on one square mile of farmland during the night, that would be 27,878,400 cubic feet of water, which is 206,300,160 gallons, which is 1,650,501,280 pounds of water.

That’s heavy. So how does it get up in the sky and stay up there if it’s so heavy? Well, it gets up there by evaporation. Really? That’s a nice word. What’s it mean? It means that the water sort of stops being water for a while so it can go up and not down. I see. […]

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2008 3:25 pm

    Good Stuff!

  2. Matthew permalink
    September 21, 2008 1:25 pm


  3. Sue Gie permalink
    January 7, 2010 9:49 am

    On ‘The Great Work Of God ” — What an awsome God. How small our view. How greatful He chose me to be His child


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