SHOWERS OF BLESSING 8-15-17
Ezekiel 34:26 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.
Blessing———-a special favor, mercy, or benefit; a favor or gift bestowed by God thereby bringing happiness.
Showers of blessing, not just one but showers. Multiple showers. We are all aware of what showers are. A gentle soaking rain or snow as the case may be. Showers soften the ground for preparation for seeds to be sown. “Blessing” though is another matter. As I began to look at these words, I found that “showers” is used 9 times in the bible while “blessing” is used 67 times. The word “blessings” is used only 12 times including Deuteronomy 28:2 “And all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God.” Have you ever experienced being overtaken by a blessing? The only use of the word in the New Testament is in Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” The word shower is used only 4 times and only once in the New Testament.
Several of us go out to eat after Monday night prayer meeting each week. A comment was made on Monday night while we were sitting in McDonald’s watching a driving rainstorm, “it sure is different from last year; last year we were praying for rain.” That got me to thinking immediately of the “showers of blessing” that God sends to us even though we don’t deserve them and often fail to appreciate them. The bible uses the word “bless” 127 times while the word “curse” is used only 101 times. That kind of tells me that God is more interested in blessing his children than he is having to bring curses upon us. Of course, the first thing that came to mind was the old hymn, “There Shall Be Showers Of Blessing”. It is evident from the words of this song that the author Daniel Whittle, knew the same God I serve back in 1883. The words in the chorus are as follows: “there shall be showers of blessing, showers of blessing we need. Mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead.” Mercy drops are good, but they won’t do when you are in need of some showers.
As I thought on that statement, I began to recall the summer of 2016 and sure enough it was a dry summer. We got a little rain late in the summer but not near enough to make a dent in the rainfall deficit. I recalled how that hay was in short supply and was expensive when you could find it. Everyone was selling cattle simply because they weren’t able to feed them. Gardens dried up and some wells even dried up. This made me recall to mind the story of the woman’s meal barrel in 1 Kings 17. If you recall the story, Elijah had just arrived in town because God told him to go there and he had told him that he had prepared a widow woman to sustain him. He first encountered her near the city gate and asked her for some water and told her to bring him a cake of bread. She explained that her and her son had only a little meal in a barrel and a little oil and she was gathering sticks to build a fire and cook that handful of meal and then they would starve to death. Nevertheless, she was obedient unto Elisha. He had told her that the meal and the oil would not run out until the rains came. She found that God can and does give showers of blessings. For about 3-3 1/2 years, the meal and oil lasted until the drought ended and her and her son avoided starvation. God had already shown Elijah what he could do but he hadn’t shown the widow woman. Elijah had declared the drought for 3 and a half years and it happened. The interesting thing is that God had already had him to hide by the brook and he had ravens to bring him bread and flesh in the morning and evening. He stayed there until the brook dried up due to the drought. Then God sent him to this widow woman who didn’t even have enough to take care of her and her son. Ain’t it funny how God uses the most unlikely things and people to accomplish his purpose?
These stories from the bible are good, but what about us? Are there times in our life when it seemed like that God had dumped showers of blessing on us and usually when we least expected it? I dare say that all of us have seen those hard times when we didn’t know which way to turn. It seems like that at some point, we always know where to find the Lord. He is always right where we left him. But those showers seem to always come right after we have come out of some devastating trial. I don’t believe that is by accident. God knows that after a trial, we all need a little refreshing and need our wounds bound up as only he can do. Not only after a trial, but a lot of times, like Elijah, right during the middle of a major trial in our life. When has God not sustained you and even blessed you during a trial?
I believe if we are all honest about it, numerous times God has given us mercy and grace, but also made a way and blessed us beyond measure right in the middle of our trials with “showers of blessings we need.” He always knows exactly what we need and when we need it. I hope this has maybe been a little shower from the Lord for you. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!