Bible Ballistics: BBs #373 Showers Of Blessing!!!
We have relished in the lovely rains we have been blessed with the last couple of days. Living in Southwestern Oklahoma, you learn to appreciate the rain any time, but especially the summer rains—and a good rain in July or August is an extra blessing. It’s so refreshing to see the puddles and the green vegetation—which we don’t always see here in Oklahoma in July. I am so glad to know that it is our Almighty God, Creator of all things, who sends the blessed showers that bless our land and our hearts.
“Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” Jeremiah 5:24
Praise The Lord, it is He who sends the rains or restrains them in His times and His will. Are we like those who Jeremiah said refused to acknowledge the total sovereign work of Almighty God? Or are we aware of God’s work around us continually? Do we thank Him for the rain, when it comes, and the dry seasons when they seem to prevail? Are we among those who never give God a thought, and just complain about the weatherman or the government for the conditions and the weather? Should we not rather be those who praise our God and Son The Son, for all the blessings that they shower upon us whether in sunshine or rain?
“Do not err,
my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift
and every perfect gift
is from above,
and cometh down
from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning.”James 1:16-17
God never changes! He is the creator and sustainer of all things, and it is because of His mercy that we are not consumed, “upholding all things by the word of his power”! (See Hebrews 1:3). Are we praising Him today for the ‘rain’? Are we seeking His will and provision in our lives, or are we so busy ‘doing it ourselves’, that we don’t give Him a thought in the daily events of life? He is always at work around us!
the same yesterday,
and to day,
and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8
And because Jesus/God never changes, we can depend on Him for every need, every moment of every day. How about you? What/Who are you trusting in to take care of your day? We can become so overwhelmed living life that we forget that God is always in control. While He never changes, we tend to change with the wind, rather than to seek God’s face when we are in doubt. He will supply our needs whether they are physical or spiritual—not always in the way that we dictate; but when we learn to truly trust to His care, we will learn to rest in His care. And that is a conscious choice.
“If any of you lack wisdom,
let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally,
and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith,
For he that wavereth
is like a wave of the sea
driven with the wind
and tossed.” James 1:5-6
Don’t let the winds of change shake your confidence in God; instead walk in faith and you will come to know and understand His working in your life. Leave the work on others to Him, and don’t be “driven with the wind and tossed! Don’t join the many today who are being driven and tossed. The Spirit of God will lead us—not drive us.
So spend some time in the presence of this unchangeable God and His Son Jesus Christ. He is the One who sends the “Showers Of Blessing” to our soul and to our land! Only HE can. It may be the ‘early’ rain or it may be the ‘latter’ rain—but remember, only God can send it in the right time!
“Then shall we know,
if we follow on
to know the LORD:
his going forth is prepared
as the morning;
and he shall come unto us as the rain,
as the latter
and former rain
unto the earth.” Hosea 6:3
Have a blessed day and don’t forget who is sending your ‘early’ rain and your ‘latter’ rain. He wants to bless you today, and grant you perfect rest in HIM!
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:
fret not thyself because of him
who prospereth in his way,
because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger,
and forsake wrath:
fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” Psalm 37:7-8