“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,” (Hosea 14:5). 

What a life-giving promise the prophet Hosea offers us in this verse. It carries life, and refers to the spiritual fertility of God’s people. In a world devastated by sin, like a sad flower withering under its effects, this image described by the prophet comforts us and encourages us to continue.

When we get up in the morning and watch the spectacle of the morning dew, we can see nature showered with this wonderful effect. And if we stop to meditate on this, we cannot leave God out of this great scene. So the words of this verse have a depth worth meditating on. In countries where there is little rain, dew is of great importance. In arid climates, agriculture depends a lot on it, because without the morning dew those territories would cease to be cultivable. In a short time everything would dry up. In the same way, a person without God is similar to a withered stem that perishes due to lack of watering. Christ is the divine dew that sustains our growth. He is the source of the spiritual fertility of his people.

Just as the dew falls every morning on the earth, so his divine grace is manifested on the person who trusts in God. Our soul cries out for his presence. His grace is the dew that renews us day by day. Our hearts eagerly need his touch, like a flower that drinks from the dew that quenches its thirst. God’s grace to his people is the dew that falls to enable us to grow, move upward, and blossom like a lily. The lily, when it reaches its maximum height, becomes a beautiful flower. When believers abound in good works, we will reflect the character of Christ that will bring glory to his name. Our lives, nourished with divine dew, will advance along the path of holiness. Therefore, believers will reach the powerful experience and fruitfulness of the gospel, which is the expression of his divine grace.

Our God is day by day in the midst of his people, strengthening us and working in each one of us, so that we fulfill the purpose to which we were called.

Patty Barona is the new Spanish speaking pastor at Iglesia del Nazareno Nuevo Comienzo in Exeter. She is from Ecuador and has been serving in the Central Valley for the last 20 years and in Exeter the last six months. This column was translated to English by Ruth Diaz.

Prays Together is a rotating faith-based commentary and advice column among the pastors, and guest laypeople, of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church and Lemon Cove Community Church. 

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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