At the moment’s Textual content and Considered Encouragement:
“ I’ll trigger the bathe to come back down in His season; there shall be showers of blessing.”
Ezekiel 34: 26
“What’s your season (at this time)? Is it the season of drought? Then that’s the season for showers. Is it a season of nice heaviness and (darkish) clouds? Then that’s the season for showers. ‘As your days so shall your power be.’ ‘I’ll give thee showers of blessing.’ The phrase is within the plural. Every kind of blessings God will ship. All God’s blessings go collectively, like hyperlinks in a golden chain. If He provides changing grace, He may also give comforting grace. He’ll ship ‘showers of blessings.’ Search for at this time, O parched plant, and open your leaves and flowers for a heavenly watering.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
At the moment’s Examine Textual content:
“Jesus answered her, ‘If you happen to had solely recognized and had acknowledged God’s present and Who that is that’s saying to you, Give Me a drink, you’ll have requested Him, as an alternative, and He would have given you dwelling water.”
John 4: 10
Behold The Man” – Half eight
“Recognizing God’s Present”
“There may be nothing on this world which isn’t a present of God.”
What are simply a few of the items which I can determine that God has “showered” upon my life?
How have I proven gratitude to my heavenly Father for all He has given me?
“It isn’t sufficient that we acknowledge God’s infinite sources; we should imagine additionally that He’s infinitely beneficiant to bestow them.”
A. W. Tozer
“Because the solar glorifies along with his radiance the tamest panorama and transmutes the barren rock right into a pyramid of gold; so are all earthly and materials blessings glorified and beautified…by the beams of the Son of Righteousness. Christ provides a brand new and enhanced worth to each subordinate present.”
J. R. MacDuff
A number of days in the past, my husband got here dwelling from the native bookstore with a little bit shock “present” for me. Realizing how I’ve at all times cherished every little thing British, even the wet climate! Jim discovered with a particular insert entitled: “Britain’s Nice Journeys.”
I can’t start to inform you how excited I used to be to seek out a couple of minutes in my day to soak up the wonder from the pages of this “particular deal with.” By no means having had the enjoyment of touring to Britain, my longing to go to was solely enhanced by one of many day journeys which featured the Ullswater Steamer cruise. If the crystal blue lake wasn’t sufficient to get me excited, the surroundings surrounding the “serpintine type” of Ullswater Lake actually did the trick. Right here’s how the creator, Angharad Moran described the photographic scene which almost took my breath away: “Passing by way of this beautiful panorama, it isn’t laborious to see the way it impressed William Wordsworth to create his well-known work “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” as he strolled round Ullswater with the rolling panorama swathed in golden-green flowing down to fulfill the ranks of bushes within the surrounding woodland that line the lake’s shores…there’s loads of wildlife to be seen, with otters enjoying within the water, deer grazing alongside the lake’s circumference and pink squirrels hiding within the close by bushes. From the good yellow daffodils speckling the bottom across the fringe of the lake in hotter months, to the rusty copper hues of bushes within the autumn.”
Now I’m not attempting to give you a sight-seeing journey on behalf of British tourism, what I’m making an attempt to do is spotlight the truth that on a regular basis, irrespective of the place you reside on planet earth, there’s a treasure – a present particularly for you given by your Father in heaven. It could be a rosebud or a plate of meals or the brilliant solar within the sky. Probably the present chances are you’ll end up celebrating is one which struck my coronary heart and opened up my eyes, when after our automotive accident, I used to be in a position after three months, to face up and take my very first step. Having been advised that it was fairly probably I’d by no means stroll once more, I can’t even correctly put into phrases what it was like to have the ability to stand and put one foot in entrance of the opposite.
If at this time, you had been to make an inventory of the items which God has bestowed upon you, what could be on the prime of your checklist? For every of us, our lists would differ, however because the Apostle Paul wrote to his Christian buddies on the younger church in Corinth, “Thanks be to God for His Present, valuable past telling, His unspeakable, His indescribable, inexpressible, free Present – Jesus Christ” (II Corinthians 9: 15, A.M.P.; Ok.J.V.)
Simply attempting to understand how the Apostle Paul felt when these phrases had been written is tough for us to know. Right here was a person whose zeal in killing “Christians,” (those that selected to imagine within the life and demise and resurrection of Jesus Christ), was heralded as a triumph for the “super-religious, law-abiding” rulers of his day. Actually, right here’s how “Saul” is described in Acts 8: “Saul was not solely consenting to Stephen’s demise, he was happy and completely approving…Saul shamefully handled and laid waste the church constantly with cruelty and violence; and coming into home after home, he dragged out women and men and dedicated them to jail” (Acts 8: 1, 2 A.M.P.). Not a reasonably image. Not a sort image.
And but, in simply a short while, we discover that God’s Present met Saul on a street close to Damascus. And the voice that entered Saul’s world was this, “I’m Jesus, whom you’re persecuting” (Acts 9: 5, A.M.P.). I share this encounter for we discover that after Saul, later known as the Apostle Paul, met the Son of Righteousness, such a change occurred in his personal life that the gratitude which poured forth from his lips solely bore witness to indescribable gratitude for God’s Present, Jesus Christ.
What I discover outstanding in Scripture is that if we evaluate the scene at Jacob’s nicely, when underneath a sizzling, noontide solar, there was an encounter between a Samaritan lady and Jesus, we’d discover the outcomes parallel to Saul’s encounter on a street outdoors Damascus. Right here’s why! So we are able to clearly perceive what occurred at Jacob’s nicely, let’s check out this uncommon dialog:
“The Samaritan lady mentioned to Him (Jesus), ‘How is it that you simply, being a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan and a girl for a drink?’…Jesus answered her, ‘If you happen to had solely recognized and had acknowledged God’s present and Who that is that’s saying to you, Give Me a drink, you’ll have requested Him, as an alternative, and He would have given you dwelling water” (John 4: 9, 10, Amplified Bible).
The Bible commentator Matthew Henry helps us higher comprehend this passage when he explains that “Jesus Christ is the present of God, the richest token of God’s love for us, and the richest treasure of all good for us…a free present which is an unspeakable privilege.” This sounds just like the Apostle Paul speaking. However then Matthew Henry continues: “To have this present provided to us and to have a chance of embracing it what a blessing.”
In his e book, Noontide At Sychar, creator J.R. MacDuff factors out that the Samaritan lady, after conversing with Jesus, reached out with “religion, easy religion, to credit score the divine testimony and settle for the free invitation.” As MacDuff notes, “the girl of Samaria may, till her dying day, sing of the ‘dwelling water’ and the ‘Present of God.
As hymn author William Cowper so touchingly penned:
“E’er since by religion I noticed the stream,
Thy flowing wounds provide;
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be until I die.”
The Smitten Rock
“From the rock there floweth,
Residing water ever clear;
Weary pilgrim journeying onward,
Know you not the fount is close to?
With out cash, with out advantage,
Jesus calls, ‘Come unto Me,’
Thirsty traveler, be inspired,
Know you not the fount is free.
Fainting within the desert, dreary,
Responsible sinner, hark! ‘Tis He!
‘Tis the Saviour, nonetheless entreating,
Know you not He calleth thee!
Jesus is the Rock of Ages –
Smitten, stricken, lo! He dies;
From His facet a dwelling fountain,
Know you not it satisfies?”
George c. Needham
Your good friend,
Dorothy Valcárcel, Writer
When A Lady Meets Jesus
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