“There shall be showers of blessing: This is the promise of love; There shall be seasons refreshing, Sent from the Savior above. Showers of blessing, Showers of blessing we need; Mercy-drops round us are falling, But for the showers we plead.”
God’s promises are showers of blessings. This doesn’t mean that there will not be hard and terrible times. Ezekiel 34 begins with a harsh word of condemnation to the shepherds of Israel. They had been taking care of themselves and neglecting God’s people. They had become so selfish that they often even robbed the people so that they could be extra comfortable. Even when the people went astray, the leaders did not behave as good shepherds. God said, “My flock went astray on all the mountains and every high hill. My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and there was no one searching or seeking for them” (Ezekiel 34:6).
The neglect of the shepherds was to be replaced by the zeal of the Good Shepherd. God promised the new day which Jesus would usher in for the people. God said, “I will establish over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will shepherd them. He will tend them himself and will be their shepherd. I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David will be a prince among them. I the LORD have spoken” (Ezekiel 34:24). The new Good Shepherd also brought with him the New Covenant of peace–Ezekiel 34:25.
Finally, look at the life described for God’s people as they are led by the Good Shepherd. God said, “I will make them and the area around my hill a blessing: I will send down showers in their season; they will be showers of blessing” (Ezekiel 34:26). This is the life we can live in Christ because of Christ. When we yield to Christ and are blessed by him, then we must praise him. God said, “Then they will know that I, the LORD their God, am with them and that they, the house of Israel, are my people. This is the declaration of the Lord GOD. You are my flock, the human flock of my pasture, and I am your God. This is the declaration of the Lord GOD” (Ezekiel 34:30-31).
God blesses and blesses again. Let be thankful for Jesus, the Good Shepherd and follow him every day.