"My doctrine shall drop as the
rain, my speech shall distil as
the dew, as the small
rain upon the tender herb, and
as the showers upon the
He blesses us with dew. His speech distils as the dew. We are told that our Lord's speech while He walked this earth made people amazed at His gracious words and speech. Some soldiers were even sent to capture Him in John 7, but they returned without Him and could only reply, "Never man spake like this man." He blesses with small rain upon the tender plants. This means that He blesses the babes as well as the aged. He cares for the small and tender ones just as much as the ones that have been faithful for many years. Even if the ones that have borne the heat of the day get riled that He treats the one-hour labourers the same, He replies, "Is thine eye evil because mine is good?" (Matthew 20) He cares for the little ones as well.
He blesses us with showers. There are times that His blessings may seem more abundant than others. Some meetings feel more Spirit-filled than others. He gives us seasons of revival that make abundant growth come forth. In each of these, He blesses us with the SAME SUBSTANCE. Now, in His service, it is not our job to demand showers. He may give us small rain or dew from time to time. Other times, it may just be rain. However, when we come to His house, we should be thankful with whatever manner of blessing He sees fit to grant us, for we are not worthy of ANY of them. Finally, we (as ministers of the gospel) are required to be found faithful. We are told to preach His unsearchable riches. Many times, the blessings of rain, small rain, dew, and showers come in His house in the form of preaching. So, it is our duty to be faithful students of His word and rightly divide the word of truth. But, it is also our duty to bring it in such a manner that is edifying. A man may come with the truth, but if his spirit is in the wrong place, it will not be profitable.
What is the only difference between rain and sleet? What is the only difference between dew and frost? The weather is beginning to turn cold outside, and the drive to work in the mornings looks vastly different. What once (weeks ago) was dew on the grass in the morning is now frost on the grass. When the dew was there weeks ago, the grass was green and brilliant. Now, the frost is there, and the grass is brown and dead. The substance is the same, but the temperature is different. There is not much in this world more riling to me than a minister that comes before the Lord's people (who is blessed to know the truth) and bring it in such a way that is frosty. He beats up the bride of Christ, seems to care not for them, and whips them until they bleed (figuratively speaking). This makes the sermon (no matter how true) nothing but deadness. May we ever strive to know the truth of the word and present it in such a way that brings seed to the sower and bread to the eater that we may grow up together in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.