“Thou blossom bright with Autumn Dew, and colored with the heavens own blue…” ~ William Cullen Bryant
Text: Hosea 14:4, 5 King James Version
(verse 4): “I will heal their backsliding [“faithlessness” – Amplified Bible], I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him.”
(verse 5): “I will be as the DEW unto Israel; he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.”
“BACKSLIDERS”, WHO ARE THEY?
Proverbs 14:14: “The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied with his” (NAS).
Hosea 14:1: “RETURN, O Israel, to the Lord your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity” (NAS).
A church goer often came to the pastor for counseling. His complaint…“I backslid a few years ago, but now that I’ve come back to the Lord, I just don’t FEEL the Lord like I used to.”
A LACK of FEELING!
His “lack of feeling” was producing anxiety in his salvation, his doubts in whether God had accepted him back. I guess if you read again the story in the Gospel of Luke, where the prodigal son returns and a party was held in his honor by his father (Luke 15:20-24); or you read where it says the angels rejoiced when a backslider returns (Luke 15:10). You can come away with the idea…when a person REPENTS, they should “feel” like a party is going on in heaven about them! The SALVATION EXPERIENCE is not marked by “FEELINGS”.
“SPIRITUAL DOWNPOURS OF JOY” or “THE DEW OF HEAVEN”:
WATER is used as a symbol of God’s work in Scripture–
“WATER” used as an illustration of a “cleansing agent”:
“Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her. So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word” (Ephesians 5:25, 26 AMP).
“WATER” used as an illustration of a “cleansing agent”, and of the Holy Spirit:
“He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing (bath) of the new birth (regeneration) and the renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).
“WATER” used as an illustration of the Holy Spirit:
John 7:37 – “Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink!”
John 7:38 – “He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”
John 7:39 – “But He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed (trusted, had faith) in Him were afterward to receive. For the [Holy] Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honor).”
Verse 38 is interesting, and even might suggest there would be FEELINGS involved in the salvation experience because of the use of the word “rivers”.
How could someone who had rivers flowing out of your innermost being not feel it?
If you think that way, you’ve divorced the text from the original meaning. The meaning is, not that you will feel something, but that God will give you a superabundance of the Holy Spirit.
I remember after the pastor left our home; after my wife and I received salvation, we went out to the kitchen and asked each other, “Do you feel any different?” And our answer to each other was: “NOPE! I don’t feel any different.” Jesus never suggests what you may or may not feel.
If you judge your salvation by your FEELINGS, you will be SAVED one day and LOST the next. It doesn’t work that way. You might use the EXAMPLE OF MARRIAGE: If you don’t FEEL LOVE today, doesn’t mean your marriage is null and void.
SALVATION is the same thing, it’s a COVENANT, not a FEELING!
A SPECIFIC FORM OF “WATER”:
We’ve discussed “WATER” as emblematic cleansing and the Holy Spirit.
So, what is “DEW”?
In Hosea 14:4, 5; God says He will be as the DEW to Israel, and especially to backsliden Israel when they have returned to Him.
“Dew” in Scripture–
Dew is used in the Bible as an example of God’s blessing [Isaac and Jacob]..
Genesis 27:27: “And he (Jacob) came near, and kissed him (Isaac, his father); and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord has blessed;
Genesis 27:28: “Therefore God give thee of the DEW OF HEAVEN, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine;”
In an arid climate, moisture is a valued commodity. Isaac spoke of the “DEW” as the “dew of heaven,” and in the desert land, it is viewed as a BLESSING, a sign of FAVOR.
“DEW” WITHHELD, LIKEWISE, IS CONSIDERED A CURSE OR JUDGEMENT:
“ELIJAH THE Tishbite, of the temporary residents of Gilead, said to Ahab, As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before Whom I stand, there shall not be dew or rain these years but according to My word” (1 Kings 17:1).
 “You looked for much [harvest], and behold, it came to little; and even when you brought that home, I blew it away. Why? says the Lord of hosts. Because of My house, which lies waste while you yourselves run each man to his own house [eager to build and adorn it].  Therefore the heavens above you [for your sake] withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its produce.  And I have called for a drought upon the land and the hill country, upon the grain, the fresh wine, the oil, upon what the ground brings forth, upon men and cattle, and upon all the [wearisome] toil of [men’s] hands” (Haggai 1:9-11 AMP).
DEW is used as an example of being BLESSED by the Word:
“My message shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the DEW, as the light rain upon the tender grass, and as the showers upon the herb” (Deuteronomy 32:2).
Too many Christians today get hung up wanting the “Showers of Blessing”, and yet, don’t understand the value and greatness of the “Dew of Heaven.”
THE “QUALITIES” OF DEW: How They Relate to a Genuine Work of the Holy spirit–
1. DEW falls gently.
In the Gospel of Luke (Luke 24), we see two disciples traveling on the road to Emmaus after the death of Jesus. Now they meet Jesus and carry on a discussion with Him for quite a while, failing to recognize Him at all. After all, the new of Jesus death on the cross was the talk of the land.
Later, their eyes are opened, to see after He leaves; and when rehearsing the events experience, realizes the whole time, Jesus was there, opening the Scriptures to them, their hearts burning for…(My doctrine shall distill as the DEW).
Spending time in the Bible allows the dew of heaven to saturate you in ways that may not be perceptive at first.
2. DEW is cooling and refreshing.
DEW is cooling and refreshing to the tenderest of plants as opposed to the potential dangers of a torrential downpour. The drooping plant can be revived without…being overwhelmed!
The DEW feeds, produces growth, sustains it, completely satisfies ALL…without “overwhelming”.
3. DEW is penetrative.
“It is like the dew of [lofty] Mount Herman and the dew that comes on the hills of Zion; for there the Lord has commanded the BLESSING, even life forever more [upon the high and the lowly]” (Psalm 133:3).
I read that a visitor to Mount Herman said, the DEW penetrated everyone and everything. It saturated everything; the floor of the tent was soaked, their beds were covered, guns were dripping and DEW DROPS hung everywhere. The area around Mt. Herman is drought stricken, yet its base is surrounded by beautiful orchards and gardens…because of the DEW.
Lets not ever underestimate the POWER of God’s DEW meeting our needs as fully as His torrential downpours.
4. DEW usually falls in times of low visibility.
DEW falls most generally in the pre-dawn hours, while we’re asleep, in the darkest part of night.
Even in our darkest times in life, God is moving, even when we can’t see our hands in front of our faces, nor see the hand of God…His DEW is forming and moisturizing in unseen ways.
THE “DEW OF HEAVEN” and THE “SHOWERS OF BLESSING”- “RIVERS OF LIVING WATERS”:
Charles Spurgeon gave us his words to ponder while we sometimes struggle in our lives in staying TRUE to God’s Word. Even in the darkest hours as we wait for the Holy Spirit to quench our thirsting from His living waters; to start flowing in us once more after being absent for so long.
“How greatly do I need it! Without the Spirit of God, I am dry and a withered thing. I droop, I fade, I die… How sweetly does this dew refresh me! When once favored with it I feel happy, lively, vigorous, elevated…I want nothing more!”
What a PROMISE this should be for us, while waiting in the meantime for the “Showers of Blessings”! “His heavens shall drop dew” in the meantime.
He who has made you and I to live, as the grass lives in the meadow and treating each one of us like the grass… with the refreshing moisture from above. Grass cannot call for dew as we can.
“Surely the Lord who visits the unpraying plant will answer to His pleading children!”
“And I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing, and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing [of good insured by God’s favor].”
As it is RAINING while writing this blog, God tells us that ‘showers will come in their season.’
So in the MEANTIME, even in your low visibility of who He is…the DEW FROM HEAVEN is penetrating your spirit; refreshing your moments of thought as it falls gently on your life with the BLESSINGS guided by the Holy Spirit.
“I will be like the dew and the night mist…he shall grow and blossom like the lily…” ~ Hosea 14:5.
“Who is wise, that he may understand these things? Prudent, that he may know them? For the ways of the Lord are right and the [uncompromisingly] just shall walk in them, but transgressors shall stumble and fall…” ~ Hosea 14:9 AMP.
…and in the MEANTIME–
Where are you in your relationship with God right now? Have you found yourself in a dry place spiritually?
Because of your past and present circumstances, have you turned your back on your salvation?
Difficult questions to answer, but in the MEANTIME, know this: The DEW is forming where you are in the ‘right now.’ The “showers of blessing” are on the way!
“I will give you the RAIN for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil” (Deuteronomy 11:14).