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Isaiah 18:4-6: Silent as Dew

Monday, June 19, 2017

The prophet Isaiah relays to us words from the creator, describing his presence as silent as the dew during harvest. A sustaining force that does not boast or bluster, but faithfully nourishes in the quiet morning hours.

For here’s what God told me:

“I’m not going to say anything,
    but simply look on from where I live,
Quiet as warmth that comes from the sun,
    silent as dew during harvest.”

And then, just before harvest, after the blossom
    has turned into a maturing grape,
He’ll step in and prune back the new shoots,
    ruthlessly hack off all the growing branches.
He’ll leave them piled on the ground
    for birds and animals to feed on—
Fodder for the summering birds,
    fodder for the wintering animals”.

 The prophet Hosea reminds us that God is faithful not as the brilliant sun, but with the softness of the dewfall.

I will be like the dew for Israel. (Hosea 14:6)

The prophet Zechariah tells us that heaven’s peace arrives each morning not with a rush of wind, but with the quietness of the dewfall.

For there will be a sowing of peace: the vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its crops, and the heavens will yield their dew. I will give all these things to the remnant of this people to possess. (Zechariah 8:12)

These prophets remind us that God’s persistent and nourishing presence is not always loud and overpowering . . . but is often quiet and perhaps even silent as is the morning dew.

When we compare more translations of these verses by using the scripture links and the drop-down menus, we find that God’s presence is penetrating, like the dewfall.

 

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