So…I am back at the keyboard again after a short “Martha” break. Being busy about a multitude of things; cumbered by so many details and provisions. Honestly, I had been feeling that perhaps the Lord had set me on a shelf to watch as He completed His work on earth. But, no! He isn’t finished with me yet, but He has taught me a few lessons about myself and my journey in recent weeks. I need to remind myself!
So, I am reminding myself of something He spoke to me earlier this year.
“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 KJV
Never forget to seek the Lord!
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, who displeased the Lord by doing evil in the days of his reign. His mother was an Ammorite woman who worshipped Molech, the fire God. (whose sacrifices included babies and children.) His maternal heritage did not have to be the recipe for disaster that it turned out to be. Rehoboham had a choice! 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.
I am asking myself today: Am I desperate? Am I diligent? Am I determined?
Remind yourself with the Psalmist: Psalm 73: 25 – 26 “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” KJV
Let’s pray: Oh Father in heaven, We are so grateful for your longsuffering and compassion; that you are there to lift us when we fall; to draw us back to you when we wander away; to breathe on us when we are discouraged. Our hearts and flesh fail us often, but You strengthen us again. You restore our souls, and make us to know that we truly belong to You. Be our portion forever. In Jesus’ name,