Scripture:  Jesus said, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Mt. 5:44 
Ezekiel 34:26b - I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. NKJV
    
Possible With God
        There shall be showers of blessing:
        O that today day they might fall

Nathan

    The occasion of rain is a curious phenomena - Some people want it, some don’t.
    Granted, timing plays a large role in how rain is accepted. For some people, rain is an inconvenience, an interruption of life, a spoiler of fun:

    “Rain, rain, go away;
    Come again some other day.”

Why?        “Little Johnnie wants to  play.”

    On goes the scowls, out come the umbrellas, washed away goes the day.
    Rain is a blessing for other people, however: The farmer needing moisture to sprout or sustain crops, people with cisterns, and - assuming that the shower is gentle and warm  - children with obliging parents.
    Ever notice? Children who have to be dragged into the tub/shower go joyfully and gleefully into the rain. Laughter, giggles, looking for puddles, maybe eyes closed, looking to the heavens. (Perhaps it’s the absence of soap.)

    So, some want  (and need) rain, and rain will answer their prayers. Others, like Little Johnnie, are praying for sunshine.
    Keep in mind the precepts of Matthew 5:45, that God makes the sun shine on the evil and the good. He sends the rain on the just and the unjust. Everybody! No matter what, somebody is going to be unhappy.
    Does it grieve you that blessings fall on the evil ones, perhaps those who hate you, or curse you? Are you discouraged to see bad things happen to good people?
    There are - and must be - times that we do not readily see blessings in the answer that God gives us. Look closer; there may be blessings falling, blessings sent by God that you are turning away with your scowl and ‘spiritual umbrella.’ Look instead for ways you can collect, as in a spiritual cistern, these showers for times when you can draw upon them as needed. Times when love, blessing, and prayer bring seasons refreshing to your soul, or to another’s.
    Jesus, also, prayed for the “cup to pass,” but accepted God’s will.
    He exemplified His teachings (Mt. 5:44)  and, in so doing, brought salvation to the world.
November 19, 2006






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