Hosea 6:3 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.
In Exodus 33:13 Moses asked God to let him know His ways. Here in Hosea, the prophet is urging the people to press on to know Him. He assures the people that God is findable and approachable, and even willing to approach them. As sure as the dawn, as gentle as a spring rain.
The assurances in Hosea are not just good for Israel of old, but good for us today. Be encouraged to press on to know He is knowable, approachable, and gentle. The outstretched arms of an honest seeker will lure God near like nothing else. His going forth is as certain as the dawn. He will come like the spring rain that comes every year.
So let us press on in our upward climb, to ascend to place He calls us to.
"Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come along..." He calls you. (SOS 2:10 & 13)
Do you say you are not beautiful? Don't you know that beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder. We are the apple of His Eye (Psalm 17:8). Praise is becoming to the upright (Psalm 33:1). And if He says we are beautiful and are to arise up and come along, then that's what we should do. We should resist the tendency to be unwilling. We should resist the temptation to be ungatherable. We should press on, even if what we press through is the belief in our own worthlessness.
Press on... Press on.
You can't make yourself worthy of Him. You can only humble yourself before Him and allow Him to raise you up and make you beautiful and worthy by His own hand.
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