Promise of Rain

November 21, 2018

by: Janet Aslin

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Rain falling over desert at sunset (illustrative)

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 | When Moses was preparing the Israelites to enter the Promised Land, he told them, “…the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven” (Deut. 11:11). Israel does not enjoy rain year-round but only during the “winter” months of November through mid-March. The remainder of the year is virtually rain-free.

This year has been the seeming exception with Israel’s first rainfall of the season coming in late August! Another fairly substantial storm occurred in October, but since then, rainfall has been sparse. Jerusalem has received a scant 35 mm. (1.38 in.), which is 7% of its annual normal rainfall.

Weather forecasters are promising rain over much of the country beginning Thursday and continuing through Sunday. Rain is even expected at Eilat, Israel’s southernmost community, although just on Saturday.

While Israel’s expertise in desalination has somewhat minimized her dependence on “the rain of heaven” during the winter months, rain (or lack thereof) is often the topic of conversation. November is more than half over, and the land has yet to receive much precipitation. Join us this week as we pray for the Lord to send abundant rain this season.

Posted on November 21, 2018

Source: (Bridges for Peace, November 21, 2018)

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