A Short Study of Hosea 14:5
“I will be as the dew unto Israel.”
Sometimes the LORD, without applying His word with any very great and distinguishing power to the heart, makes His truth to drop with a measure of sweetness into the soul. This is as rain or dew, according to His own gracious declaration, “My teaching shall drop as the rain; my speech shall distill as the dew” (Deuteronomy 32:2). The dropping, then, of His teaching as rain, and the distilling of His gracious speech as dew, kindle in the soul a love of the truth, and wherever this is felt there is salvation, for we read of those who perish that “they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved” (2nd Thessalonians 2:10).
There is a receiving of the truth, and a receiving of the love of the truth. These two things widely differ. To receive the truth will not necessarily save; for many receive the truth who never receive the love of the truth. Professors by thousands receive the truth into their judgment, and adopt the plan of salvation as their creed; but are neither saved nor sanctified thereby. But to receive the love of the truth by the truth as it is in Jesus being made sweet and precious to the soul, is to receive salvation itself. It is in this way that the gospel is made the power of God unto salvation; and therefore the Apostle, speaking of “the preaching of the cross,” says that “it is to those who perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” Now it is impossible that this power should be felt without its having an alluring effect upon the soul, whereby it comes out from every evil thing and cleaves to the Lord with purpose of heart.