“Therefore may God give you of the dew of heaven…” Genesis 27:28
Yesterday as I sat outside with the ground drenched in early morning dew, I felt the Lord direct me to learn about dew. He has revealed so much of Himself through His creation if we will only take the time to study it. Does not Psalm 111:2 say that “the works of Lord are great; studied by all who have pleasure in them”? Does not Romans 1:20 say that “His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and divine nature”?
So it was not strange to me for the Lord to instruct me about His ways through the study of His creation. When I study His great works of creation (aren’t they all great?), I seek His guidance in Scripture to understand what I am looking at. What I found out about dew yesterday and today is critical for our spiritual growth and sustained strength in times of heat and drought (persecution and a famine of the Word).
As Nathan Morris said, “You can go through a wilderness and not be dry” How is that possible? It is if you know how. Just like you can survive in the desert without water if you know how to distill the dew out of the air, you can also survive the harshest wilderness if you know how to distill God’s Word out of the unseen realm. Anyone can drink from a fountain or a Bible, but drinking from the air is another matter entirely.
Let me share with you some basic facts about dew. It falls in the night season when night air laden with water vapor cools, depositing the vapor, condensed to liquid form, on cooler objects. You don’t see it coming or hear it falling. It is imperceptible but reliable. In Israel for example, they have the spring rains and the latter rains. In between those times, it is very dry, yet the crops still flourish because of the generous dew that falls from heaven. Without that, the crops would not make it to the latter rain.
While pondering the implications of dew yesterday, my wife Judy Ann directed me to Deuteronomy 32:2. It’s where Moses (the lawgiver) declares, “Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew.” Once again Scripture compares water to the Word, (see also Ephesians 5:26 and Habakkuk 2:14) both as rain and dew. Here is where it gets interesting…
Rain falls and everyone sees it, feels it and hears it. Rain is a blessing but comes intermittently. It’s either feast or famine when it comes to rain, (unless you live in the rainforest). But dew, as Moses puts it, has to be “distilled” from the air. Scientifically we understand that process as condensation resulting from the cooling process, but spiritually and practically it’s another matter.
We distill the Word of God by meditating and ruminating on it. I can often be heard in conversation with myself as I mutter aloud the implications and applications of Scripture to my life. As I do that, something amazing happens; the invisible word of God becomes “seen”. The light goes on and I “get it”. The process of muttering over and over on any topic, somehow breaks it down and causes understanding, that slowly forms on your mind and heart, imperceptibly as dew and “right as rain”.
I believe that God is always speaking. To think He is mute would be to put Him on the level of a wooden or stone idol. Of course He speaks, but He is rarely heard by the casual inquirer. Those who have but a passing interest in the Lord, derive little more than the letter of the law from Scripture and rightfully claim they don’t hear God, but HE PROMISES to be found of you, when you seek Him WITH ALL YOUR HEART. (Jeremiah 29:13).
Does not Isaiah say that “those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength and mount up with wings like eagles”? Waiting upon the Lord is not like watching television while in the doctor’s office. It means to wrap your heart and mind around the Lord, to bury your imagination in deep thought and meditation of Him. That is the process of distillation. That is when you pull the water out of the air! That is when you get not only the Word, but the Message! That is when you drink while others thirst! That is how you survive the heat and the drought! And THAT, my friends, is how we truly live!
Trust me on this… In the coming days, the ability to pull water out of the air, spiritually speaking, will be a matter of life and death to many. I suggest you develop that habit now so you will flourish in the wilderness and be a beacon of hope to many.