I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. — Ezek 34:26
Here is sovereign grace, “I will send down showers.” Is it not sovereign, divine mercy—for who can say, “I will send down showers,” except God? There is only one voice which can speak to the clouds, and bid them beget the rain, “Who sends down the rain upon the earth? Who scatters the showers upon the green herb? Do not I, the Lord?” Grace is the gift of God and is not to be created by man.
It is also needed grace. What would the ground do without showers? You may break the clods, you may sow your seeds but what can you do without the rain? As absolutely needful is the divine blessing. In vain you labor, until God bestows the plenteous shower, and sends salvation down.
Then, it is plenteous grace. “I will send down showers.” It does not say, “I will send them drops,” but “showers.” So it is with grace. If God gives a blessing, He usually gives it in such a measure that there is not room enough to receive it. Plenteous grace! Ah! we need plenteous grace to keep us humble, to make us prayerful, to make us holy; plenteous grace to make us zealous, to preserve us through this life, and at last to land us in heaven. We cannot do without saturating showers of grace.
Again, it is seasonable grace. “I will send down showers in season.” What is your season this morning? Is it the season of drought? Then that is the season for showers. Is it a season of great heaviness and black clouds? Then that is the season for showers. “As your days—so shall your strength be.”
And here is a varied grace. “I will give you showers of blessing.” The word is in the plural. All kinds of blessings God will send. All God’s blessings go together, like links in a golden chain. If He gives converting grace, He will also give comforting grace. He will send “showers of blessing.” Look up today, O parched plant, and open your leaves and flowers for a heavenly watering!
O Lord of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy upon Jerusalem? ... And the Lord answered the angel ... with good words and comfortable words. — Zech 1:12-13
What a sweet answer to an anxious enquiry! This night let us rejoice in it. O Zion, there are good things in store for you; your time of travail shall soon be over; your children shall be brought forth; your captivity shall end. Bear patiently the rod for a season, and under the darkness—still trust in God, for His love burns towards you. God loves the church with a love too deep for human imagination. He loves her with all His infinite heart. Therefore let her sons be of good courage; she cannot be far from prosperity to whom God speaks “good words and comfortable words.”
What these comfortable words are—the prophet goes on to tell us: “I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.” The Lord loves His church so much, that He cannot bear that she should go astray to others; and when she has done so, He cannot endure that she should suffer too much or too heavily. He will not have his enemies afflict her—He is displeased with them because they increase her misery. When God seems most to leave His church, His heart is warm towards her. History shows that whenever God uses a rod to chasten His servants—He always breaks it afterwards, as if He loathed the rod which gave his children pain. “Like as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.”
God has not forgotten us, because He smites. His blows are no evidences of lack of love. If this is true of His church collectively, it is of necessity true also of each individual member. You may fear that the Lord has passed you by but it is not so! He who counts the stars, and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting His own children! He knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature He ever made—or the only saint He ever loved. Approach Him and be at peace.
Morning and Evening - February 24
Public domain content taken from Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon.