Saturday, September 06, 2008

Showers of Blessing

September 6: Ezekiel 32-34

25 “I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. 27 And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke, and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 They shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beasts of the land devour them. They shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid. 29 And I will provide for them renowned plantations so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the reproach of the nations. 30 And they shall know that I am the Lord their God with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Lord God. 31 And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Lord God.”
Ezekiel 34:25-31

Showers of Blessing

After reading several chapters of prophecy after prophecy against Tyre, Egypt, and Babylon, this wonderful paragraph (Ezekiel 34:25-31) illustrates the continuing love of God for His people. Look at the many promises He makes to them:

*He will make with them a covenant of peace
*He will banish the wild animals from the land
*He will make them live securely in the wilderness
*He will enable them to sleep peacefully in the woods
*He will provide showers of blessing
*He will make them a blessing
*He will deliver them from the hands of those who enslaved them
*He will not allow any to make them afraid
*He will provide renowned plantations so that they will never hunger
*He will make them secure in the land

All of these things are written as future events. Have they already taken place, or are we still waiting for this time to come to pass? On one level, this seems to be speaking of a future event, and yet on another, we Christians today do experience these things now. How can this be true? Wild beasts still exist, hunger exists, and we certainly do not always feel secure.

God has made a covenant of peace with His children; even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we do not need to be afraid. We Christians have the security of knowing that God will never leave us or forsake us. No matter what happens to us, we know that His hand of comfort and peace is always upon us.

Just as the above paragraph appears as an oasis among many prophecies of doom, so as we live in the middle of a very chaotic world running as far from God as possible we can live in peace. What a comforting thought!

As you live this day, think of the showers of blessing that God bestows on your life, and pray that you will walk in the sweet peace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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