Who Fathers The Dew?

IMG_6554 A mug of steaming coffee in one hand and my study Bible in the other, I step out onto the patio to read and meditate upon scripture. My favorite resting spot beckons to me. A lizard scurries away as I approach, jumping into the aloe plant for cover. I slowly ease myself onto the rocking chair positioning myself to read in comfort.

The cool morning breeze causes me to shiver so I take a quick swig from my cup to generate a little heat. I tilt my head back and close my eyes, allowing the sun to bathe my face with warm golden rays of bliss. I can hear the early song of the mockingbird filling the air and it brings a sense of peace to my mind and soul.

Today my study is in Job. I’ve read most of his woeful story. I’ve marveled at his ability to endure horrendous sorrow and pain. And, I’ve wondered if I would have been able to pass Job’s test. Now I’m to the place where God begins to dialogue with him. This is the climax to Job’s story and I’m curious to see how Job responds to God’s questions.

You see, prior to this, Job and his friends argued and challenged each other’s faith and belief in God. Their questions were numerous on how God saw Job’s plight. Job grew angry with God, yet he trusted him. In the end, no one, especially Job, believed they could face God, nor stand before his presence to await his response. “Do you think I’m dumb enough to challenge God? Wouldn’t that just be asking for trouble? No one in his right mind stares straight at the sun on a clear and cloudless day.” (Job 37:22 MSG) Imagine Job’s response when God began to respond!

God answers Job with questions, ones that force him to realize the identity of God. “I have some questions for you, and I want some straight answers. Where were you when I created the earth?” (Job 38: 3 MSG) Shut up! God’s speaking and I sense a whirlwind shaking the earth upon which Job stood.  As I read I visualize the morning stars singing, the light approaching from the east, the earth taking shape and robed in brilliant colors.  I see the churning of the sea with its bouncing white caps and I gaze upon the ominous gates of death. I lay the book down as my mind races from the intensity of the words, my heart wildly beating.  This is the sovereignty of my God!

Now the sun’s brilliance casts glimmering droplets of gold around my chair.  I stretch my legs to experience the full effect of its warmth.  As I reach over to pick up my cup of coffee, I see a drop of dew sliding downwards from a petal of my Calla Lily plant.  It sparkles and shimmers just before dropping onto the pavement. What a simple statement of beauty!  A question drifts on the breeze and swirls in my ear, “Who fathers the dew?”

I sat up.  In a split second I understood the meaning of God’s interrogation of Job.  It was not so much a reprimand as it was God asking Job, “do you love me enough to trust me with your life? I created the universe, can I not handle your life’s journey?

Whenever I feel overwhelmed from the problems I face and feel all alone in my sea of troubles, I remember the power of a God who shakes mountains yet fashions a delicate jewel of water.  Yes, he can awe me with the grandeur of his majesty, but I also know the gentle caress of his love which reminds me how much he truly cares.

 

 

 

Why Pray?

I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His Word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning; I say, more than they that watch for the morning.  Psalm 130:5,6

Like many others, I pray at bedtime.  A few days ago, I was reviewing the many prayer requests I listed on behalf of others and myself. I heaved a sigh and thought, why pray?  It just hit me that I was repetitive in my prayers before God each night. Hadn’t he already heard these prayers and acted on them?  And, what about the prayers I say each morning such as ask ing  God to give us direction, to protect us from harm, to give us opportunity to witness?  I just wondered why we have to mention our requests every night?  It wasn’t as if I considered it hopeless, I really wanted to know the reason.

I got my answer quicker than I thought. I was actually surprised at the Holy Spirit’s response which came immediately after I had stated “why pray?”.  I have learned that when you ask a question of God, no matter how deep or trivial, He does listen and respond.  It’s just that this evening I wasn’t really talking to Him.  I was just reflecting on God’s order of prayer to myself.   Jeremiah 29:12 states, “Then shall you call upon me, and you shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you”.  He was listening.

He asked me, “What season is it?”  I answered, “Winter”.  He then said that all things follow a certain order such as the sun rising and setting.  He followed this stating something profound, “Time was made for man so that he remains focused.  I have your prayers before me”.  It was a simple statement, but that was all I needed to hear to teach me the reason why we pray continuously about certain requests.  1 Kings 8:59a states, “And let these words that I’ve prayed in the presence of God be always right there before Him, day and night, so that He’ll do what is right for me.. (MSG)” .   My friend, once you have made your request to Him — He has those prayers before Him.  Really, there is no need to repeat ourselves again. 

So, why do we pray every day with the same requests?  I am not talking about those prayers we mention and know in our hearts that they are answered or prayers during times of immediate need.  This is faith. I am talking about those prayers we say on behalf of family, friends, work,  church, or nation. For example, I pray each night for the protection of all my children, that their dreams will be directed by God and that they will have a peaceful sleep.  I pray each morning that my steps will lead me to a higher understanding of His will for me and others.  These are the prayers that keep us focused. 

God doesn’t need a calendar to keep track of when to answer prayer.  Heaven is a different dimension where things happen on another plane.  Here on earth, we must keep watch on over the things that matter to us on a daily basis.  (By the way, what matters to us matters to Him.  See Matthew 6: 25-34).  As we pray daily we renew our hearts and realign our minds in accordance to God’s plan.  It keeps us focused.  I hope this blog helps lead you to a better understanding of how prayer works.  Pray daily, often and always. 

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