Summary: Concentrate on making such Lilies and Cedars that would adorn the city rather than fruitless, barren trees.
Hosea 14:5 "I will be like the dew to Israel; He will blossom like the lily, And he will take root like the cedars of Lebanon."
• WHAT IS DEW?
• YOU WILL BE A LILY
• GOD WILL TAKE YOUR ROOTS DEEP AND BUILD YOU
• SMELL LIKE CEDARS OF LEBANON
WHAT IS DEW? The above chapter opens with the words ‘return’, okay God was speaking to the people who have strayed away from Him and now He was calling them back to Him and He promised that He would be like the DEW to Israel. Listen! I didn’t just scroll away and go to the next verse, I got stuck. I was asking God, how He would be like DEW for a backslidden group of people?? First I dug into knowing more of DEW, and let me share some interesting facts that I got about it.
Dew is not just those lovely droplets of water that cling on to flowers, dangle from leaves like ‘diamond drops’, that spreads on your car windows, makes your grass moist and leaves you with a chill feeling as you walk on it…..I can go on to say many more gorgeous things of dew but hey friend, there’s more to it. Dew forms a protective barrier on the leaf; transpiration will not occur until the dew evaporates. Dew may help some species survive drought conditions." Some species, especially desert plants, can actually absorb water directly through their leaves. For these species, dew is a direct source of hydration. Wow, every word in the Bible is deep! Now, I got the answer, God is going to be a covering and shield for His people who come to Him, now how does this happen. Listen, I got the answer from the book of Deuteronomy, Deuteronomy 32:2 “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. “ The Lord said: Let His words descend like Dew…! Are you listening?
Hey friend, there is some homework you need to do after you return to God from all your ‘wanderings’, you cannot sit lazily and expect God to be like Dew for you, daily reading of God’s word is Dew and a must – without which you are not right with God. Take it from me today, be warned and come back to God to receive the DEW in your life. When the DEW settles on you, then you would be a glossy DIAMOND droplet: valuable, priceless, unique and precious!
B) He will blossom like the lily ……
Just like how ‘dew’ has a lot of meaning attached to it, likewise the word’ Lily’ also has profound truth behind it, let’s explore. Boy! I’m blessed by this scripture!
When God is DEW for the believers, despite their problems, trials and present situations, they would grow tall and flourish like the Lily, which is beautiful and the growth of lily is very quick and speedy. Likewise, new converts would get passionate and grow speedily in Christ. They would not be ‘couch potatoes’ in the churches, coming as guests every Sunday but they would become servers for the Kingdom of God. They will be ministering in Sunday classes, canteens, volunteers and choir. Wow, how lovely would be the Church if we believers grow like this LILY!
Once when I went to visit a pastor at his church on a Saturday, I found a man in his shorts washing the church, a close look at him revealed that he was the pastor himself. I had to wait for full one hour until he finished, alas, such is the case of the church today, people hop in late and rush out fast; however, we need Lilies that would serve the House of God. Also the flowers represent purity, it is God who washes you with His blood and purifies you. Say Amen. No matter what your past is, God is able to make you as ‘PURE AS THE LILY”, say Amen. God was talking to the backslidden Israelites and He was encouraging them to return to Him so that He can be like DEW for them and make them pure as a Lily. Wow! Share this friend with someone who has a low esteem about themselves and tell them it is God who makes them pure as a Lily. Did not God include Rehab the prostitute in His genealogy list? Clap hands for God will you?
C) Cedars of Lebanon…
Hosea 14:5”And he will take root like the cedars of Lebanon….
Now this going to bless you! Normally, the Lilies as fast as they grow, they also fade quickly and they can be plucked easily; however, with God as DEW on them, no one dare pluck them, they will take root deep like that of the cedars of Lebanon. Wow, rare combination, that’s what God does in your life! Hey, this beauty cannot be hidden!