I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
There is a huge difference between self help messages and gospel messages. Self help teaching motivates the human to trust in his or her ability to tap into their resources to excel in life. Of course they say that these are God given talents and resources. This really takes the Lord out of the equation. We know that everything that is, comes from God but that is not the point. He wants to be involved in our lives daily and intimately. He is not a far off God that got everything started and then sits back to watch us perform. No, He wants our eyes and dependency to be directed toward Him. I needed Him to start my Christian walk, I need Him to sustain and equip me everyday, and I especially need Him to finish my race with strength and joy. Here are some thoughts about the grace of God and His involvement in our lives from Charles Spurgeon.
“Here is sovereign mercy-I will give them the shower in its season. Is it not sovereign, divine mercy?-for who can say, I will give them showers, except God? There is only one voice which can speak to the clouds, and bid them beget the rain. Who sendeth down the rain upon the earth? Who scattereth the showers upon the green herb? Do not I, the Lord? So grace is the gift of God, and is not to be created by man. It is also needed grace. What would the ground do without showers? You may break the clods, you may sow your seeds, but what can you do without the rain? As absolutely needful is the divine blessing. In vain you labour, until God the plenteous shower bestows, and sends salvation down. Then, it is plenteous grace. I will send them showers. It does not say, I will send them drops, but showers. So it is with grace. If God gives a blessing, he usually gives it in such a measure that there is not room enough to receive it. Plenteous grace!”
Yep, He is the Author and Finisher of my faith. I need Him ever moment of every day. He is our breath, our food, and our drink. It is in feeding on Him that we are strengthened and equipped by His grace for whatever comes down the road toward us.