The Daily Devotion is taking from the updated edition of Morning by Morning.
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By the pen of Charles Spurgeon:
Here is a sure example of God’s sovereign mercy: “I will send down showers in season.” Isn’t this a divine sovereign blessing, for who except God can say, “I will send down showers”? There is only one voice that can speak to the clouds and bring forth rain. Who “bestows rain on the earth; [who] sends water upon the countryside” (Job 5:10)? Isn’t it only the Lord who can accomplish this?
“Grace . . . is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8) and although people need it, they are helpless to create it. In the same way, what would the ground do without showers? You could break up the hard clods of dirt, you may even sow your seeds, but what good would it do without the rain? Therefore the Lord’s divine blessing becomes an absolute necessity. You would labor in vain unless God sent plenty of showers, sending salvation down. And He sends abundant grace. “I will send down showers.” Notice He does not say, “I will send down a few drops,” but He says “showers.” So it is with grace as well.
When the Lord gives a blessing, He usually gives in such great measure “that you will not have room enough for it” (Mal. 3:10). Plentiful grace! Oh, how we need plenty of grace to keep us humble, prayerful, holy, and fervently devoted, to protect us through this life, and finally to take us to heaven! We cannot survive without the saturating showers of grace, but again, it is seasonal grace. “I will send down showers in season.”
What season are you experiencing this morning? Is it a season of drought? Then it is also the season for showers. Is it a season of great difficulty with dark clouds? Then that too is the season for showers. God said, “Your strength will equal your days” (Deut. 33:25) and later offers another gracious benefit: “There will be showers of blessing.” The word showers is in the plural, meaning the Lord will send all kinds of blessings. Also, all of His blessings go together like links in a golden chain. For example, if He gives grace for conversion He will also send grace for comfort. He will send “showers of blessing.”
Thus, O parched plant, look up today, and then open your leaves and flowers to receive a heavenly watering.
By the pen of Jim Reimann:
Regarding seasons, God’s Word says: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace” (Eccl. 3:1 – 8).
And consider God’s sovereignty in this: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men” (Eccl. 3:11).
Morning by Morning: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon
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