Tuesday, May 8, 2012

“The Dew”

      Most of what we learn in life comes from voices and vehicles that pass into forgetfulness, even as the lessons they taught remain.

     This is as it should be, especially regarding the spiritual truths we learn from others.  Who said it, who wrote it, or who exemplified it does not matter.  Who sent the light and truth does matter.  Of course, we do well to give thanks for the human messengers whereby God reveals Himself to us.  We direct our focus, however, upon the “Father of lights,” from whom we receive “every good gift, and every perfect gift” (James 1:17).

     Those who communicate the Word of God to others (which includes all believers in some manner) must bear this remembrance continually in our hearts.  We are to be as the dew that brought manna to Israel in the morning, and then quietly melted away into forgottenness.  The manna remained.  That which mattered remained.  The dew, however, fled away so as not to distract from the precious sustenance it delivered. 

    Our Heavenly Father honors us to serve as the means by which the Bread of life blesses others.  He honors us even more by removing us from the scene as the true Giver and the recipient meet to bless the hearts of one another.  This is ministry in its truest and most effectual sense, and this is the ministry for which we all should pray.  We are the dew.  The Lord Jesus Christ is the manna.  May He remain as we melt away into the forgottenness that removes all distraction from the holy bond of the Provider and the partaker.

“And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.  And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.”
(Exodus 16:14-15)

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