Dry and thirsty? There is an APP for that! You will find it in Hosea 10:12. Just “download” it into your spirit!
“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground for it is time to seek the Lord till He come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12
I can’t think of another verse that is so timely! It is time to seek the Lord.! He is sending His ministers out to give warnings. Sounding the trumpet of the “Season of Return.” (Teshuvah on the Jewish calendar.)
“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God and He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6 & 7
How should we seek the Lord? you may ask. Maybe we should check the instruction manuel! 🙂 Let’s take a look at Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, whose mother was an Ammorite woman who worshipped Molech, the fire God. (whose sacrifices included babies and children.) This did not have to be the recipe for disaster that it turned out to be. 2Chronicles 12:14 says: “And he did evil because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.”
We must think of our hearts as a field to be prepared for the seed of God’s Word. It needs to be plowed, broken up, all the stumps and rocks removed. How do we do this? Hosea 10:11 says, in part, “Judah shall plow.“ The translation for the name Judah is “praise.” Praising and worshipping the Lord will help to break up the fallow, dried-up ground of your heart. Put on some good praise music. Read in the Psalms about God’s works, and attributes. Tell Him what He means to you! Sing to Him; speak to Him; shout to Him! You are plowing! Find a friend who loves Jesus and talk to them about Him. You are plowing! Read a book about the names of the Lord. You are plowing! Think about His goodness, His passion, His love. You are plowing! Preparing your heart!
Is that all there is to seeking? No! That is just the preparation of the heart! The Apostle Paul, in the book of Acts tells us this:
“…They should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us. For in Him we live, and move , and have our being….” Acts 17: 27 & 28
Some translations say “grope for Him.” I must admit that sometimes I have felt like a blind person groping my way back to God. But, thank God, Paul goes on to say that He is “not far from every one of us.” He is even “in us, and we are in Him,” if we have opened our hearts to Him. But, “feeling or groping for him” suggest a purpose. An intensity. Even a desperation! Not a casual inquiry, but a diligent seeking. A determination to find Him.
The following is a quote from a Facebook post by John Parsons from his “Hebrew for Christians” Facebook page. You will find a link to his hebrew4christians.com web site on my resource page:
Teshuvah, or “turning to God,” means learning to see with new eyes, from a radically new perspective. As we change our focus, we see that “everything is new” (2 Cor. 5:17). Perception is a matter of heart, and therefore we choose to see and hear what we want to see and hear (Isa. 6:10; John 12:40). If we do not see God, it is because we have decided to turn away from his presence (Rom. 1:18-22).
Let’s Pray: Father of Lights, Giver of Life, we seek you anew. Draw us, and we will run to You. Quicken us by your Holy Spirit as we seek you with all of our hearts. Hide us under Your wing of love, that we might be safe, no matter what comes in the days ahead. In Jesus’ name,
Today’s Quote: Hebrews 11:6
“….For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. ”