Matthew 5:45 states the following: “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
What this verse is implying to us is that God provides good things to all people. He provides the sun and He provides the rain for everyone. Many don’t realize that the goodness which comes their way is actually from the Lord. People often think that the good times are the result of their own doing.
The problem with so many people is that they only want the good experiences in life but not the benefits of those experiences. In fact a lot of individuals only want the “feel good” moments that God’s goodness brings their way. They usually don’t stop to think about the benefits that are available beyond such moments.
It’s good to have the sunshine and it’s good to have the rain but do we think beyond those things? Is that all we want out of life is just the sunshine and the rain or do we want the crops? God can supply the experiences but will we reap the benefits of those experiences by the way we live? So many people only desire the good experiences in life without ever comprehending and achieving the benefits that such experiences offer. Why is that?
The reason why this happens is because the benefits take discipline, patience and dedication to the Lord. We can have all kinds of good experiences in life but if we don’t take them to heart they will only be experiences and nothing more. The “unjust” see the rain as just rain and the sunshine as just sunshine. Such people won’t see the value of what the rain and the sunshine can produce. The “unjust” want the sun and the rain experiences but nothing more.
On the other hand, the “just” tend to look beyond the experiences to see value in them. They want more out of the sun and rain than just light and water. The “just” want the crops that benefit from the sun and the rain. What does that mean?
It means the crops could be your children and the way they grow up to serve the Lord is a benefit from your lifestyle. It means that your spouse, friends and neighbors are the crops of your ministry as a result of God pouring out His goodness through you. These are the benefits in serving the Lord and not just experiences. Such things come about as a result of discipline, patience and dedication to the Lord in wanting more than just good experiences from Him.
What do you want today? Do you only want the rain and sun or do you want the crops? Everybody gets the sun and the rain but not everyone gets the crops. The choice is yours!