Posted by: Brad Beaman | January 8, 2011

Refreshment and Blessing: The Dew of the Lord

We have all had it happen. You are driving in an unfamiliar area and make a turn and something does not seem right. As you go on you realize that there is no way that this could be the right road. It is time to stop traveling the wrong direction and turn around and go back. Repentance is like that. It is the action of turning around. It is changing from traveling away from God to following God’s way.

Hosea 14

For the person away from God the only right turn to make is to return back to God. Hosea 14 speaks of repentance. Like the prodigal son who realized the agony and senselessness of being away from the Father. He discovered the blessing and joy in the return.

Hosea described the blessing that awaited Israel in repentance. That same blessing is for anyone who turns back to the Lord.

The act of repentance vs 1-3

It is amazing what people will turn to when they turn away from the Lord. Temptation is like the Venus fly trap. What seems so attractive becomes what destroys. We become trapped and destroyed by sin.

There are two things mentioned in verse 3 that drew Israel away from the Lord. One is not surprising and one is very surprising. One thing Israel turned to was Assyria. They turned to a pagan nation with a strong army for security.

Just like believers in Christ who are tempted to walk by sight and not by faith. Putting trust in the Lord is often a test of faith. It’s not by power. It’s not by might, but by my Spirit says the Lord.
The Israel turned away from the God of the universe, all powerful, all knowing, all present and they turned to pieces of wood and silver made by their own hands.

Israel’s suffering and ruin was caused by their sins. Idols or political might are not where our trust needs to be, but in God. We find the prescription for spiritual healing in verse 2. “Take words with you and return to the Lord.” You usually find at the end of most gospel tract a sinners prayer. It has the words to say or pray to the Lord.

Hosea has outlined here a sinner’s prayer. “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.” The words must come from a sincere heart (Take words) When I speak with someone regarding the sinners prayer I ask, did you really mean it in your heart.

Part of repentance is to articulate in words the change of heart to God. Take words with you and return to the Lord.

The Blessing in repentance vs 4-8

Hosea was a poet as well as a prophet. He uses beautiful imagery about the blessing and fruitfulness to the life of the repentant sinner. God forgives the sinner who repents. Vs 4a I will heal their waywardness. One of the great blessings of the repentant is that God offers forgiveness of sin. There is a new freedom in life.
Dew meant life for Israel. Hosea uses the poetic imagery of dew. He spoke of a vanishing shallow dew in trusting in anything but God (Hosea 6:4) But a dew of promise and blessing when trusting the Lord (Hosea 14:5). Dew falls quietly. God comes to the repentant sinner in the stillness.

Dew comes in the darkness and God comes at the dark moments of our life. Dew comes at the lowest point not on the mountaintop. God comes to the humble.

DEW LIKE THE RAINS OF SPRING.

When the sun appears it has vanished from view. (Hosea 6:4)
Dew in the early hours that is not true.
Gone is this promising mist of the morning.
It disappears without warning.

There is a mist, which is true. (Hosea 14:5)
It makes the Lilly bloom, this dew.
The mighty tree will send down roots.
Nurtured by this dew it grows new shoots.

So acknowledge the Lord, press on to know. (Hosea 6:3)
Dwell in His presence, so you may grow. (Hosea 6:2)
Let mercy flow, may our hearts sing. (Hosea 6:6)
There is dew like the rains of spring. (Hosea 6:3)

(Hosea 6:2,3,4; 14:5)

The dew gives life to the lily and produces a beautiful blossom. There is beauty, purity and the image of fertility in the lily. The Israelites had sought after fertility gods and it brought them nothing but bareness. God would bring them real blessing.

The morning dew of the Lord brings stability to your life. Hosea gives us the image of stability with the roots of cedars of Lebanon watered by the dew. The wise builder builds on the Rock and the foolish builds on the sand. The person with the repentant heart is a person of real stability. There is an attractive fragrance to the cedars of Lebanon.

The olive tree has magnificence and splendor. There is life and new shoots. Repentance is a life of blessing the one who feeds his should with things of God and knows these blessings. The one who will trust Jesus and walk close to God is the fruit of the Spirit, Love and joy, peace and patience.
Wisdom vs 9

True wisdom is more than intelligence and knowledge. True wisdom is the one who acts on the knowledge they have. Wisdom makes the right turn. Take the turn back to God. A blessing awaits you.

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