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Experts say good corn crops need 22 inches of rain to grow one acre—that’s about 600,000 gallons of water for each acre. And rainwater is more valuable than groundwater because rain has nitrogen in it. This fertilizes the soil to make crops grow. So without rainwater we might well go hungry or even die. Maybe that is why Moses used rainwater to stress the value of God’s words for his people. In Deuteronomy chapter 32, Moses, said to his people, “Listen, O heavens, and I will speak! Hear, O earth, the words that I say! Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants. I will proclaim the name of the LORD; how glorious is our God! He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!” Moses then reminds the people of God’s gracious actions on their behalf in the past. He warns them that if they ignore His past blessings, turn away from Him to depend on themselves or on idols, they should expect to find trouble. They will come to a dead end and experience the fire of God’s discipline—until they repent and come back to Him. Not always sometimes our pain, or our dead ends, or suffering are God’s way of saying, “Come home, my child. You have wandered far too long.”

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