Morning, February 24, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing.” — Ezekiel 34:26
Here is sovereign mercy: “I will cause showers to come down in their season.” Is it not sovereign, divine mercy, for who can say, “I will cause showers,” except God? There is only one voice which can speak to the clouds, and bid them produce the rain. Who sends down the rain upon the earth? Who scatters the showers upon the green foliage? Do not “I, the Lord?” So, grace is the gift of God, and is not to be created by man. It is also grace greatly needed. What would the ground do without showers? You may break up the clods, you may sow your seeds, but what can you do without the rain? The divine blessing is absolutely necessary. In vain you labor, until God gives the abundant shower, and sends salvation down. Then, it is abundant grace. “I will send them showers.” It does not say, “I will send them raindrops,” 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. Abundant grace! Ah! We want abundant grace to keep us humble, to make us prayerful, to make us holy; abundant grace to make us passionate, 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 cause showers to come down in their 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 blessing. “I will give you showers of blessing.” The word is in the plural. God will send all kinds of blessings. All God’s blessings go together, like links in a golden chain. If he gives grace to convert, he will also give grace to comfort. He will send “showers of blessing.” Look up today, O parched plant, and open your leaves and flowers for a heavenly watering.