I have always loved the story of Hosea. What an amazing account of unconditional love. While Gomer was living in prostitution, Hosea was obedient to God's calling, and made her his wife. Even after they married and Gomer ran back to a scandalous lifestyle, Hosea continued to pursue her.
Surprisingly enough, this shocking story is a picture of the Gospel. I remember the first time I heard this story and felt the sting of "oh yea, that's talking about me and my relationship with Christ.” How I was the one who ran... I was unfaithful and quite unlovable. And in the midst of my disgrace, He came after me.
Hosea 6:3 says "Let us acknowledge The Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth."
If I am honest, most days I have to press on to acknowledge Christ. I have to really make an effort to glorify and cherish Him. It's not really my default setting. My heart’s desire is to know Christ, but my flesh pulls me in the opposite direction. I push through the day with my focus on other things. Like coffee. And nap time. And my thoughts turn to me me me! I often get to the end of the day and wonder why things feel so dark, and I'm all dried up.
I think there is a reason Hosea says, “Let us acknowledge The Lord,” twice. See, he was writing to the Israelites, and two verses prior was begging them to "return to The Lord" ( Hosea 6:1). He knew, however, once they returned, they would be tempted to try and go their own way again. So he emphasizes how zealous we should be in cherishing Christ by adding the words "press on.”
And as surely as the sun rises (maybe not before your toddler), He promises to show Himself to us. And just as we need the sun; we are desperate for the rain. And He promises that too.
If things seem dark today, press on. Acknowledge Him, and He will shine.
If you feel empty or dried up, press on. Acknowledge Him, and He will send the rain.
We all know a mom's day seems never ending. With car-lines and sippy cups, homework and baseball practice, sometimes it can be all we can do to press on. Let me encourage you to take time to acknowledge The Lord. He is ever faithful. He won't stop pursuing you now. "He will come to us" and if that's all we have today, then that is more than enough.
Word of the day
"God's loyal love couldn't have run out, his merciful love couldn't have dried up. They're created new every morning." Lamentations 3:23 (MSG)
Jesus, thank you for the promise of your presence. Thank you that when I run far, you are near. Lord, help me to press on to acknowledge you in the dark as you promise to send the light. Help me to push through the drought and know you will send the rain. I will press on and let you do the rest. Thank you Jesus.
Author: Emily Goss