“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 Creator of the universe has invited us to know Him. Think about what an incredible privilege that is! God had every right to leave us in our ignorance and spiritual darkness, but because He is love (1 John 4:8), He chose to reveal Himself in the most personal way possible—by sending His Son to be “the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15) and by giving us His word.
We no longer have to guess in the dark about who He is. His portrait is right before our eyes on the pages of Scripture. Therefore, nothing in life could be as important as knowing Him.
But like Israel, as we journey through life, we easily lose the zeal to “press on to know the Lord.” In the next verse it says, “Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away (Hosea 6:4, ESV).” In contrast to God’s faithful love, our love is often as substantial and enduring as morning fog.
One day our passion for God is burning brightly, and the next it’s a flickering flame or a smoldering wick. But we have this wonderful promise: “A smoldering wick he will not snuff out.” (Isaiah 42:3b) As sure as the dawn arrives each morning, God comes to the repentant with His new-day mercies. God’s grace to the broken and contrite is as reliable as the rains that water the earth every spring. He will come and bring forth abundant new growth when we turn to Him.
Jesus, I confess how easily I’ve been distracted from pressing on to know you. Please come to me today with your new mercies and your refreshing rain. I need you. Let it rain. Amen.
We need to take practical steps to keep pressing on to know God. If you’ve been choosing to walk on some arid ground lately with how you’ve used your time, confess that to God. Adjust your schedule this week to make more room for knowing God and being His hands and feet to others.
It’s time to Lean in to Jesus.