Zech. 10:1 ¶ Ask rain from the LORD in the season of the spring rain, from the LORD who makes the storm clouds, and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field.
I love the diversity of The Lord, if you ever think you have Him figured, it may just be time to think again. He is incomprehensible and His ways are past finding out. In this world we see through a glass darkly, but even looking through the “glass”, the view is pretty astounding. The diversity of The Lord includes His outpourings and His blessings. In the scope of my life I have witnessed at least two different spiritual outpourings. I was born again during the Jesus movement/charismatic renewal days. That move of the Spirit was characterized by the harvest of unlikely souls as well as a strong taste of the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit. The second wave that I was blessed to enjoy was the outpouring that began for me in 1994 which i refer to as the River outpouring. This outpouring was characterized by outrageous displays of supernatural joy as well as restoration to first love for much of His church. There were conversions of course, but there seemed to be more of a renewal within the church. That brings us back to that word diversity. I firmly believe The Lord has saved His best for last. It will probably be a culmination of the previous moves of the Spirit with the greatest harvest of souls of all time. I can’t wait !!! Here is something Spurgeon said about the diversity of the Lord’s showers of grace.
“Ah! we want plenteous grace to keep us humble, to make us prayerful, to make us holy; plenteous grace to make us zealous, to preserve us through this life, and at last to land us in heaven. We cannot do without saturating showers of grace. Again, it is seasonable grace. I will cause the shower to come down in his season. What is thy season this morning? Is it the season of drought? Then that is the season for showers. Is it a season of great heaviness and black clouds? Then that is the season for showers. As thy days so shall thy strength be. And here is a varied blessing. I will give thee showers of blessing. The word is in the plural. All kinds of blessings God will send. All God’s blessings go together, like links in a golden chain. If he gives converting grace, he will also give comforting grace. He will send showers of blessing. Look up to-day, O parched plant, and open thy leaves and flowers for a heavenly watering.”
I think I smell the fragrance of an approaching rain storm. Just as Elijah sensed the coming showers to break the drought in Israel, there is a growing anticipation in His church of the coming visitation of the Spirit. Like Elijah said, “I hear the sound of an abundance of rain”.