The Right Time to Be Blessed

Ezekiel 34:26 “I will send showers in season.”

            Getting rain at the right time was very important for ancient Israel. When they lived in Egypt, agriculture was all based on the Nile River. In the spring time it flooded, and the rest of the year they used the river to irrigate, and this provided a kind of consistency to their farming.

            Farming in the Promised Land didn’t work that way. Everything depended on the rains coming at the right time. There were spring rains, and there were fall rains, and without them God’s people weren’t going to have much to eat. That actually had happened from time to time. You remember that God kept the rains from falling for three years at the time of Elijah because he needed to teach his disobedient children a lesson.

            In Ezekiel, these showers have more to do with God’s blessings for our souls than with blessings for our bodies. With those showers, too, the Lord has a sense of “seasons:” proper and necessary times for his various blessings to drop into our lives. It was that way when he sent Jesus to save us. Christmas had its own season. “When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” Good Friday and Easter had their own season. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” God has a sense of timing for these things he used to save our souls.

            His blessings have dropped into our lives in much the same way. “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be,” David writes in the Psalms. We can walk back through our life stories and know that every milestone, every highlight, every blessing has dropped into our lives in God’s appointed season, at just the right time. Some of these blessings have been easy to see: birth, baptism, school, confirmation, marriage, children, etc. Others require a closer look. Pain and tragedy don’t look like “blessing” until we see the way in which the Lord uses them to train us, correct us, and deepen our faith.

            The careful timing of our blessings is a comforting thought as we look ahead. The coming seasons of our lives are still laid out by our Lord, and each blessed experience will be timed to provide the maximum blessing. We can approach tomorrow with no worries, because blessings are always in season with the Lord, and the God who keeps track of every hair on our heads has a plan for every day he gives us.

            Associating rain showers and blessings may feel like irony at first. We usually associate good and happy events with sunshine. We use the clouds, the storms, and the rain as pictures of gloomy times and sad chapters in our lives. But God promises to rain down blessings on his people. Expect nothing but torrential downpours in your future.

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