“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth” (Hosea 6:3).
Welcome Spring! It was a welcome site to go to the car and see buds from the maple trees that had fallen on the car yesterday morning. I’m so ready. Warmer weather, birds singing, flowers blooming, trees blossoming, green grass. Love it. Even though I’m allergic to most of it, I absolutely love seeing all of God’s beauty and renewal in the Spring.
My wife, Anna, purchased an egg incubator so that we could hatch our own chickens for the first time this year, and for the first time we were able to witness for ourselves a chick hatch. To see this process up close and personal was just incredible. God is awesome. His creation is awesome. What He does for us daily is awesome.
In the above passage in Hosea, the prophet was urging the people to “press on to know the Lord.” If you back up to the beginning of that chapter in Hosea, he was encouraging the people to return to the Lord to seek His forgiveness and healing. The promise given by the Holy Spirit through Hosea is that if they were to come back to God, He would “heal,” “bandage,” “revive” and “raise” them to life. That is where Hosea then compares God coming to them with the spring rain.
Through the winter, everything seems gray and brown. But then the spring rain comes, and then we have greens, purples, reds, yellows, and oranges. We have life again. We are revived again. There is hope and promise in the Spring.
If you are finding yourselves in the winter spiritually, I hope this will encourage you to come to the God of the Spring Rain. Maybe today you feel like you are in a blizzard with 10 feet of snow and 30 degrees below zero windchill. Your life is not where it should be with God. Return to God through the blood of Jesus Christ and come to His throne for mercy. He will revive you and make you new again by showering His grace and mercy upon you.