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
On this 17th day of November, we are so grateful for God’s faithfulness – as He comes to us, not only in the light of the morning sun, in the rains that replenish the earth, but in all the ways He makes His presence known through His love and grace.
Has winter arrived early? The calendar says not, but the temperatures feel as if it has, especially with snowfalls in areas around us. On days like today, with a cold rain, it reminds us of the long winter months ahead. But before we get too discouraged by such a thought, let’s remind ourselves that it’s our month of gratitude! And we know we have plenty to be grateful for – even if winter isn’t our favorite season!
How thankful we can be for God giving us this day and for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays just around the corner. And as this verse reminds us, we can always be grateful for our faithful, loving God who also gives us the sun that warms us and for the rains that replenish the earth and refresh the air!
It was the prophet Hosea who pled with his people, who had turned away from God, with these words, “Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him. Let’s return to Him, and acknowledge Him and His greatness. As surely as we can count on the sun rising and setting and the rains falling, we can count on God coming to us.”
Hosea knew that if his people would repent and turn back to their covenant God, that God would be waiting to receive them with open arms and would once again shower His blessings upon them. He knew that just as God sends storms and darkness our way, He is also faithful to send His light with restoration and hope of a brighter tomorrow.
How we need Him in our lives, and our God is always waiting for us when we call upon His name, even if we have drifted away from Him. He’s always right where we left Him. As certainly as we count on the daylight and rains that fall to sustain life, we can count on our loving God coming to us. May we “press on” to know Him, to truly know Him for the great God He is. May we love Him with all our hearts, souls, and minds and always be grateful for His sovereign care.
Our most gracious and faithful God, we thank you for coming to us even when we have been unfaithful to you. Thank you for the gift of life and for all that sustains us each and every day. We give you all honor, praise, and glory. Amen.