Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Be Thou My Vision"1 (Lyrics)
Lying in bed in the hospital recently for days, fighting pneumonia and enduring night sweats and other miseries, I was feeling so in need of a cleansing shower. As I was attached to machines and very weak, I could not make my way down the hall to the showers. Glorious was the morning that I was able to do that. I stepped out of the shower feeling so cleansed and refreshed. I am sure that many of my readers know that feeling. How thankful and blessed I was to receive this gift of a cleansing shower.
Psalm 51:2 – Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (NKJV)
Just as the physical cleansing from the shower made me feel clean and fresh once more, God's spiritual cleansing does even more for our souls. He washes those dirty sins away that we have been hanging onto for days or even years. When we confess them to Him, He washes them whiter than snow, and we feel clean and refreshed once more. He sends us showers of blessing.
- There shall be showers of blessing,
This is the promise of love,
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Saviour above.
– Daniel Whittle
Often, we find ourselves feeling weighed down by carrying heavy burdens of guilt and shame. This is when we need to turn to Jesus; He will make us new again. He will give us strength beyond what we could ever imagine. He will send us cleansing showers. He wants us to reach out to Him in our need. His love is reaching out to us to turn to Him.
Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light. (NKJV)
This is the promise of God. Let us therefore lay our burdens down before Him, and experience His showers of blessing and cleansing today.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray that all those who are sick and weary from both physical and spiritual ailments will turn to You in their need. May we realize that Your never-ending grace is reaching out to us to turn to You. You are the only One Who can cleanse us with healing waters, and we humbly thank You for cleansing us from our sins, and healing us when we are ill. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.