Sermon for Saturday

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. Ezekiel 34:26

I grew up in a house where we listened to many Christian radio programs, including many that played some wonderful old hymns. One of my favourites was one called Showers of Blessing. It is in essence a prayer for showers of blessing from the Lord. Its words always carried some wonderful pictures into my mind, especially the line in the chorus about ‘mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead’. Those words about mercy drops reminded me of the sprinkles of raindrops we would see before a storm broke. Not enough to even settle the dust, those drops served only to promise that more were on the way. On the farm, showers were important to grow our crops and to keep the water in good supply in wells and brooks. Showers, frequent showers, were always welcome because they are needed. Today, spiritual showers are in short supply; we are having to make do with the mercy drops until the showers arrive.

In many ways, God is showering us with blessings each day. We receive the food and shelter we need, we are surrounded by good neighbours and friends, and we live in a land of peace and plenty. Our Assemblies are relatively peaceful and active, and the fellowship we enjoy is sweet. But there is in each of us a longing to see God’s hand in blessing, showering us with good numbers of people being saved and good exercise on the part of the Christians to fervently serve and praise our God. God has promised such showers, let us earnestly pray to see them.

We have heard about Gospel series when the number of those who have professed is in the double digits. I remember attending one series where 25 were saved. Now, that’s a shower of blessing! These don’t happen very often, so we relish them when they occur. But in our day, we are living in a wicked world whose apathy and degenerate lifestyles are having a detrimental impact on us. We lack the drive and passion of earlier days to see sinners reached and the Lord’s people blessed. Our attitudes have a great deal to do with the scarcity of showers of blessing.

God has promised a day when showers of blessings will be real and precious. While we wait for that day, let us pray for those showers around us now. What a joy it would be to see one! – Jim MacIntosh

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