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Seeds of the Kingdom

Dew From Heaven

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26 January 2010

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I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots; his young shoots will grow. His splendour will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon. Men will dwell again in his shade…
Hosea 14:5-7, NIV

The Lord’s been talking to me about rain. I kept finding verses about how He sends water, rain or dew on the earth. I began to understand an important principle. Man is like a seed. He’s got the potential of life. But two things are required for the spark of life to begin. First of all the seed needs to be planted and hidden in the soil, and secondly it must have the rain. The seed thirsts for the rain.

The verses in Hosea speak of the importance of rain. Rain enables roots to grow and be strengthened so that they’re able to go down deep. With its roots, a young tree is able to draw in essential food, but also to have the stability it needs to survive. Each part of the tree is then able to grow and develop and bring forth its own special blossom.
After a period of time, the tree matures and shows forth all its finery. Its splendour and fragrance bear testimony to the good environment it has enjoyed. As the seasons come and go it blossoms and bears fruit. Its branches provide shelter to those in need.

Isn’t that a great picture of life? Every part of the tree is alive and well, fulfilling its purpose. The Bible says that the source of richness is the water supply –dew to be exact. A friend told me that it rarely rains in Israel. But there’s a counterpart to rain. Mist rises from the sea and settles over the mountains as dew, gently soaking into the earth. What a beautiful illustration of the work of the Holy Spirit in us!
So why is this water so vital for our lives?

The Bible is filled with references to water as the provision sent to us from heaven. Isaiah 45:8 describes justice as the rain of heaven, clearly sent by God. When it comes down, it produces the fruit of ‘salvation’ and a harvest of ‘righteousness’.

God has put the seed of life into every single one of us. But He patiently waits for us. Our part is to open up the ground of our hearts to Him, and crave for His water.

Prayer: Lord, You alone know the seed that You’ve put in me and the ground of my life. You know if it’s become dry, broken or even dead. Your eyes see what You’ve sown in me. Would You help me to open up to You, to realize that You alone make me come alive? Would You send Your rain so that I can flourish by the work of Your Spirit? Thank you Father!

 

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