When I Question His Goodness
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.
Hosea 6 : 3
In times of trouble, I have two options when it comes to my interaction with God.
- I can blame Him. By calling God an unjust bully, I can easily find ways to shut Him out. If I’m not careful, I can easily try to convince myself that my faith was in vain.
- I can cling to the promise of His Word. I cannot allow my current state to guide my weak heart. I lean on a faith that was built up over time. I acknowledge that although I don’t see how on earth He will work this thing out, I know that His Word promises He will (Romans 8:28).
At the time when Hosea (and much of the Old Testament) was written, the Israelites were far from God. They left their faith in the God of the Bible and worshiped idols – things that offered them false promises of fulfillment and satisfaction.
The people left what they knew to be true for…what? Comfort? Pleasure? A man? A baby? A different life? How quickly our hearts turn to idols to numb the pain.
But God is good. I’ll say it again – God is good.
God did not just sit back and wait for His people to realize that they needed Him. He didn’t passively wait for their idols to disappoint. He sought after them. He stops them, even if it meant pain for a season (Hosea 6:1).
“because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”
Proverbs 3 : 12
God uses pain to bring us back to Him.
Hosea 6 : 3 speaks during a time of pain to help the people remember the Lord.
“Let us acknowledge the Lord. Let us press on to acknowledge Him…”
I LOVE that this verse calls us to “press on” to remember our God. It makes me think of battling a strong ocean current to arrive safely on the beach. The phrase necessarily means that there is a struggle.
“As surely as the sun rises, He will appear.”
When I woke up this morning (don’t ask if it was at 5am. I am a work in progress…), I didn’t wonder if the sun would rise, or if life stopped while I was asleep. Just the same, in the darkness of the depths of hardship, I don’t need to worry that God has disappeared. Even if I don’t feel Him. Even if my sinful heart questions His existence. I KNOW that I can cling to the truth of this verse.
He is not gone. HE. WILL. APPEAR.
“He will come to us like the winter rains…”
In just about a month, there will be snow outside my window. I know that it’s coming. The days will grow shorter and the temperature will drop. I already long for the day when, instead of snow, the rain will appear. It will be evidence that winter is thawing and spring is coming. The promise of new life will be on its way. This part of the verse tells us to watch out for signs that He’s coming, even in the midst of a ‘winter of the soul’. He’s coming.
“…like the spring rains that water the earth.”
God bring us through difficult seasons, all the while sanctifying and drawing us into deeper maturity in Christ. This is the promise.
The most important part of Hosea 6 : 3 is that Jesus is right there. It is promised though all of the Bible that God in the flesh would come. When He arrived, He didn’t sit passively by as His people worshiped idols that wouldn’t satisfy.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
As surely as the sun rises, He came, died, and rose again to have victory over satan, sin, death, idols, our sinful hearts. Like the rain that comes after winter, He melts away our hearts and gives us new hearts that beat for Him (Ezekiel 36:26). Like the spring rains that water the earth, Jesus softens the soil of our hearts and brings new life.
See You In The Round,
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