To me, “rain in due season” has a couple of meanings.
First, it says to me that there is sufficient moisture to grow the needed crops and support life in the area, within reason. For example, it’s probably unrealistic to consider that you are experiencing drought if the area you live in is historically a desert area, unless you receive significantly less moisture than average FOR THAT AREA. For example, I live in an area that is historically a high desert. People are always complaining about “the drought.” Two years ago, we got about 140% of the normal for this area, yet, the complaints of drought did not cease even though the reservoirs were full to capacity and releasing excess water! Sure, we didn’t get nearly as much rain as many other areas of the country, but we got way more than usual for this area. Last year, we were about 7% below normal, but, the 93% came in such a way that, combined with the extra water from the previous year, the local farmers had roughly 33% more harvest than usual. This year, we’re running at about double normal, but people are still complaining about “the drought.” Reality check time? Ya, I think so. To exaggerate a bit, it would be foolish to expect the Sahara desert to receive as much rain as the Amazon jungle.
Second, it says to me that there is an APPROPRIATE quantity of water. Serious, damaging floods are not, in my opinion, included within that phrase. However, there are exceptions, for example, if people choose to build homes and/or businesses in known flood plains, there shouldn’t be consternation when historically predictable flooding occurs. Dams help, but they are NOT a guarantee.
A lot of people these days talk about anthropogenic (human caused) climate change and blame droughts, floods, and other severe weather on this anthropogenic climate change. They might be more right than they realize, although they might not have the correct logic in place.
“The Lord uses the weather sometimes to discipline his people for the violation of his laws…. Perhaps the day has come when we should take stock of ourselves and see if we are worthy to ask [for rain] or if we have been breaking the commandments, making ourselves unworthy of receiving the blessings. The Lord gave strict commandments: ‘Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.’ (Lev. 19:30.) (https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1977/04/the-lord-expects-his-saints-to-follow-the-commandments?lang=eng Spencer W. Kimball, Gen Conf., Apr 1977) [I suggest reading this whole talk!]
Yes, I know. There are a great many who scoff and ridicule the idea of God, or that God might use weather as a tool for teaching His children (all of mankind, non-believers as well as believers). Let them scoff. I care nothing for their “sophisticated” logic or the lifestyles that generally go along with it, debasing mankind until men are little, if any, more than the animals.
I make no apologies for the fact that I believe in God, and, I believe God.
And so, on that foundation, I would share a few of God’s words regarding drought, famine (a product of drought and/or war), and floods.
Leviticus 26:1-6 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God. [President Spencer W. Kimball taught us much about the false gods that WE worship, if you are interested in knowing how this applies now.] Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord. If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
Based on the above, God has promised us:
- Rain in due season
- Good harvests with plenty of food for all
- Peace in our hearts, i.e. freedom from fear
- Freedom from war
All of this as a result of keeping the commandments – very specifically not worshiping other gods (really, if you haven’t read President Kimball’s message on this recently, please review it and consider how it may apply in your life https://www.lds.org/ensign/1976/06/the-false-gods-we-worship?lang=eng) and keeping the Sabbath holy.
These promises are repeated in other passages, thus fulfilling the law of witnesses.
Deut. 11:13-17 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the Lord’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you.
Psalm 68:6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
1 Kings 8:35-36 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them: Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
“One of the first things the Lord taught the Prophet Joseph Smith at the beginning of this dispensation was that he must take the divine commandments seriously…. Neither should we trifle with the Lord nor with his word, for as he himself said, God will not be mocked.” (Elder Mark E. Petersen, General Conf., Apr. 1975)
My observations of the world in general and the United States in particular lead me to conclude that we, as a whole, trifle with both the Lord and his holy word. The 10 Commandments are ignored and broken by millions of people in this nation and around the world on a daily basis. Since I believe God, I have no choice but to believe also that the droughts, floods, and other disastrous climate effects are indeed caused by humans, by the failure of mankind as a whole to take God at his word and obey the commandments. No amount of reduction of carbon emissions, nor any other such non-spirituality related changes will have any lasting effect on global climate. The ONLY thing that can have that effect is the one thing ridiculed by the sophistries of men – repentance and a real changing of hearts and minds.