Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” – Hosea 6:3 (ESV)
The summers in the Inland Empire are hot! I know people try to be encouraging by noting the fact that the heat is “dry;” but I’m not sure that makes much difference when the temperatures hit triple digits. And forget about it if you have to do anything outside like work out, gardening, or even walking the family dog. The bottom line is that it can be pretty miserable when it gets hot.
Yet, as miserable as it can be in the heat, it is equally refreshing and invigorating when we find relief. A cool swimming pool, an ice-cold beverage, or an air-conditioned room can all bring about the biggest and loudest, “Ahhhhhh’s!” Moments like that can be a reason to survive the summer; we crave them and long for them.
How much more critical is it to find those moments for our soul? The world can be a dry and dusty land that parches our inner beings and leaves us thirsty for something that satisfies beyond what we see in this life. A deeper yearning for something that is internal and even eternal can be a frustrating pursuit. Sometimes we can even find ourselves settling for the barrenness. We begin to rationalize a life that is void of purpose. We replace genuine intimacy and spiritual vibrancy with religion and ceremony. We find ourselves going through the motions while barely remembering what it was like when we first came to Christ.
Like the dog days of summer, we find ourselves bogged down in a faith that lacks power and impact.
Well, it may surprise you but you are not alone. Hosea records the interaction between God and the Northern Kingdom of Israel at a time when people were largely distant from God and apathetic about their connection to Him. It was into this world that the prophet would bring the call to “know the Lord.” He reminds the people that the opportunity to know God was not only possible, but that it was available and abundant.
Hosea’s call was meant to stir the hearts and minds of the people to go beyond their cursory knowledge of God that was limited to facts about Him and to pursue a deeper understanding that found significance to the facts they knew and touched their hearts as well as their minds. He wanted the people to know through experience so that they could receive blessing from God. In short, he was calling the people to leave the shallowness of religion and ritual and pursue a deeper passion to do life with God.
That same call is sounded to all of us. Through Jesus Christ we, too, are asked to “press on to know the Lord,” because, “His going out is sure as the dawn.” In other words, His capacity to be known is as sure as the sunrise every day. Will you take advantage of it? Will you pursue it? Will you wait for it?
The sun rose today, and will rise tomorrow. Will you use this day and each day you are granted to know your God? I pray that you will. For in each day that you do, you will find refreshment and revival for your soul.
Posted on Tue, July 24, 2012
by John Hill