SCRIPTURE TEXT: “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
There shall be showers of blessing: This is the promise of love; There shall be seasons refreshing, Sent from the Savior above.
Refrain: Showers of blessing, Showers of blessing we need: Mercy drops round us are falling, But for the showers we plead
There shall be showers of blessing, Precious reviving again; Over the hills and the valleys, sound of abundance of rain.
There shall be showers of blessing, If we but trust and obey; There hall be seasons refreshing, If we let God have His way.
What a beautiful song Daniel Whittle wrote! The words bring hope and encourage the Christian to seek after God. Daniel W. Whittle was born on November 22, 1840, and died on March 4, 1901. Whittle served as a Major in the Civil war, where he lost his right arm, and was known thereafter as Major Whittle. It was during the Civil war that he was saved.
He was asked to pray with a dying young soldier because he had been seen reading a Bible. He obeyed the request and it was at this young man’s bedside that he asked God for forgiveness. Major Whittle then prayed with the young soldier and the soldier found Christ before passing away. The Lord used this situation to draw Major Whittle and the young dying soldier to Him. What a blessed story this was to read! After the war, Major Whittle became treasurer of a watch company. It was in this company’s quiet vault that he committed his life to the Gospel.
Major Whittle not only wrote this blessed hymn but also wrote two more which you will recognize: ‘The Banner of the Cross’ and ‘Christ Liveth in Me ‘
In challenging times Christian should seek to express a more mature and faith-like gratitude to God. This will not come easy and if it does come, it will more than likely come through many tears. In Philippians 4:4-7, Paul says “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Prayer point: Like Jacob, ask God to bless you and your descendants.
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