Monday, April 11, 2016
There Will Be Showers Of Blessings
For some people rain means dreary days and dodging puddles. For me it means spring days, trees turning green and new life coming up all around.
This is the same image that I have in my mind when I read Scripture about rain. There are so many passages where God promises rain for faithfulness and drought for those who stray from His presence. He uses rain to heal, to quench thirst and as a picture of His desire to bless us in so many ways.
And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them. Ezekiel 34:26-27
In this terribly descriptive book, written during the Babylonian captivity, Ezekiel writes in prophecies and symbols. While he's preaching repentance from heir sin, they are squarely placed in the middle of punishment. Many of the descriptions are ugly and bloody, speaking of abominations, destruction and death.
Then, tucked into chapter 34, are these words of peace, compassion and rain. God tells Ezekiel that the filth of this world will eventually be washed away by a shower directly from heaven. His desire was (and still is) to fulfill the covenant of peace with His chosen people, driving away the enemy, providing an abundance of food for their physical needs and showering them with His many blessings.
If you're going through a dark, dirty time right now, this promise is for you, too. God has the same compassion for you that these two verses speak of - a time of peace, rest and cleansing. His showers of blessings will revive and wash away the filth of the world that presses in on you.
And He delights to send the other benefits of a good rain storm: fruit, grain and provision beyond compare. His promise is that He will not only provide for you physically, but He offers a safe haven, deliverance from the enemy and so many other blessings that we can't even imagine today.
So if it rains at your house this week, turn your umbrella upside down and catch all those showers of blessings!