Showers of Blessing

by APC on April 20, 2016

Balancing. The. Checkbook. Do people still do that anymore? Yes, and I’m one of them. (Do you detect the scornful tone in my voice?) That activity is the bane of my existence on a weekly basis. For me, it’s not just the checkbook per se, but a reconciliation of all “account” activity—what’s coming in, and what’s going out.

Not only is it stressful to ensure every penny is accounted for, but my uneasiness intensifies when I see less pennies coming in and more pennies going out. I’m amazed how many people casually toss away pennies because they don’t feel like they have much value. They don’t even save them for a rainy day!

There have been many times in my life when rainy days were on permanent forecast. And, the checkbook had zero pennies. I’ve prayed diligently just to have just one penny, and for the rain of blessings to come.

Have you ever been there? Not a penny to your name, living paycheck-to-paycheck, or at the cusp of bankruptcy? Maybe you are there today, and you’re wondering how you’re going to make it, put food on the table, provide for your children, pay the rent, etc.

When we see zero pennies in the bank account, we have a tendency to devote all of our energy toward focusing on the absence of pennies. Then, our tunnel vision extends to the “how’s” and “when’s” of manifesting the exact opposite—the accrual of pennies.

Reality check? This shouldn’t be our focus! But, how can we shift our thoughts to anything else? How can we not be mentally distracted when we have bills to pay, a family to provide for, or food to put in our stomach? Our focus should be on the One who can actually take care of our needs, and in following His Word.

You may be thinking, “What does my spiritual life have to do with my physical provisioning?” Everything! Scripture tells us God will supply our every need (Philippians 4:19), but there’s a law in effect. If we are obedient to God, this will cause blessings to be poured out in our life!

Ezekiel speaks about how obedience to God has a beautiful outcome:

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, KJV).

When we are faithful to God in service, worship, giving, lifestyle (and everything in between), He will send a shower—a downpour—of blessings into our life. Our focus won’t need to be on the rainy days, the wet clothes, the leaking roof, or whatever issue we’re facing due to life’s weather. God’s downpour of blessings will take care us one way or the other!

And, when we’re obedient to the Lord, His blessings won’t just be a shower, but His downpour will come at the appropriate time—the right season. God’s rainstorm won’t come when we’re amassed in floodwaters. He knows when we need rain (Matthew 6:8), and just when we need it—right when the bank account needs to be filled up.

Stop looking at the rain clouds in your life today, and start focusing on making your life right with the Lord. I promise you’ll like the change of weather when God sends His showers of blessing in your life!