Hosea 14:5, “I will be like the dew to Israel; He shall grow like the lily”
James 4:8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”
God’s wisdom is plainly observable in the works of His creation. His handiwork in nature speaks so strongly for His existence and power. The beauty of springtime flowers and the regular changing of the seasons remind us of God’s faithfulness. According to the writer of Psalm 19, if we were able to steal away to a spot where the only sound was our heartbeat and the only sight the canopy of the stars, we could hear a message from those heavens. In such a moment, we could hear with the ears of our innermost being the noiseless testimony of God’s breathtaking creation. We could hear from the heavens as they “declare the glory of God”. And we could watch in amazement as the sky “shows His handiwork”. We could listen as “day unto day utters speech” that fills our minds with the unmistakable awareness of God’s splendid creation. We could marvel through the night as the firmament shows in unmistakable splendor the knowledge of God’s handiwork. Our Creator tells us to “be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
Moreover, in the vast array of God’s creation, how many times have we studied an object and wondered, “How did God think of that?” or perhaps, “What possible purpose can that thing serve?” More often than not, when we dissect one of God’s creations, we begin to see the infinite wisdom of His mind. Here is one of those natural wonders: Have we ever stopped to think of the many types of precipitation God has made? The earth’s atmosphere produces rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog, mist, dew and maybe even a few more kinds as well. These creations that God designed to water the earth also come at different times and in varying amounts depending on the region of the world. Dew is a deposit of water droplets, formed at night by the condensation of water vapor from the air, onto the surface of objects exposed to the sky. It forms on clear nights when the air is calm or winds are light. The process that produces the dew begins as the sun begins to set and night begins to fall. Objects exposed to the open air cool faster than the air around them, and if it is sufficiently humid, water vapor condenses out of the air and covers the object.
It was one of those hot summer mornings, when the first rays of sun were falling across the garden of my grandfather. The prior evening the leaves on the tender corn were drooping from the intense heat of the day and lack of rain. However, in the morning the spikes were straight and fresh, and each leaf was adorned with sparkling drops of dew. During the night, the cooling air cause moisture to condense into dewdrops, refreshing the wilted vegetation. This, according to the prophet Hosea, is a picture of what the Lord would do for His people. God said, “I will be like the dew to Israel” (Hosea 14:5). My friend, when our spirits droop (and they will), when we are burdened by a load of cares (and they will), or when we are carrying the guilt of sin (and we will), the Lord offers His mercy and grace to be like refreshing dewdrops to our soul. Just as the dew appears in the quiet of the night to moisten the plants, so too the refreshing dew of God’s forgiveness, comfort, and strength comes in those quiet times of prayer and reflection on His precious and Eternal Word. So, why are the lives of so many believers in Christ faded, wilted, and powerless? Well in most cases, it is because they have neglected spending time alone:
(1) With God in prayer.
(2) In the study of His precious and Eternal Word.
(3) In attending church services, and
(4) In the fellowship with brothers and sisters in the Lord.
So, my brethren, do you need the refreshment of God’s dewdrops in your life?
For spiritual refreshment, drink from the fountain of God’s enduring and Eternal Word.