Dear Child of God,
I’ve just returned back from Kenya, and I wanted to write you a quick email before I rest. These past two weeks while preaching in Africa, the Lord gave me a prophetic word according to Hosea 2 that He would turn every valley of trouble into an opportunity of hope. Many were quick to respond and receive this Word of God over their life.
It was a powerful time, and one for which I am truly grateful. For after many years of struggle, challenge, and what might look like a standstill, God has begun again with us. In spite of everything we have faced, we must continue to preach the gospel. We must continue to take the message of Jesus around the world. We must continue to seek the lost, to bring back the strays, to heal the sick, to bandage the wounded and to strengthen the weak. (Ezekiel 34:16)
As I was on the plane, I was led back again to read the same scripture.
“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. “In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master. (Hosea 2:14-16)
In the midst of all the challenges and trials we have faced, there is an intimacy that the Lord is longing to have with us. We often talk about how God uses the hard and difficult stages of our life to show us His power. That there’s no test without a testimony. That God is working everything out for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. And he does, of course.
But God also uses those same valleys to allure us, to draw us closer to Him, as an invitation to know Him better. He even makes a point to say that we will call him “my husband”.
Child of God, it’s the cry of His heart. God is calling us back to Him, to a place of pure desire of His presence, and surrender to all that He is.
How often do we cry out to God in hard times but as soon as there is a bit of relief, or distraction, or entertainment, or people to occupy and keep us busy, we stop calling on His name.
To many, God has become something of a problem solver, sought only and praised only for what He can do for us.
But look at the language He uses in Hosea, a book which portrays God as a husband, longing for the love of his wayward wife.
In chapter 6 he says, O Ephraim, what shall I do with you? [says the Lord] O Judah, what shall I do with you? For your [wavering] love and kindness are like the night mist or like the dew that goes early away. (Hosea 6:4)
Hosea is not a story of a Father and a child, but of a Husband and wife.
We are quick to display our love for God, but even quicker to turn our hearts towards something or someone else.
We must come to a place where we desire Him for Him, not for what He can do for us. Men and women around the world long desperately to find their soul mate, to find their “one true love“ and so often endure much suffering in the search of it. Sometimes our desire for comfort or the fear of being alone, or even the need for protection and a provider, lead us into the arms of the wrong person. Yet the Right Person has been there the whole time, waiting to embrace you. Knowing that in His arms you will find every good thing you will ever need.
His name is Jesus.
Yes, let us know (recognize, be acquainted with, and understand) Him; let us be zealous to know the Lord [to appreciate, give heed to, and cherish Him]. His going forth is prepared and certain as the dawn, and He will come to us as the [heavy] rain, as the latter rain that waters the earth. (Hosea 6:3)
God wants us to know Him; to understand Him; to cherish Him. But the only way to do that is to spend time with Him. Let His presence soften your heart. Let Him draw you deeper in His love, knowing that His rain (His blessing, His favor) will surely come to you.
Too many of us are seeking Gods hand when we need to be running after His heart.
For I desire and delight in dutiful steadfast love and goodness, not sacrifice, and the knowledge of and acquaintance with God more than burnt offerings. (Hosea 6:6)
He wants our love, He wants us to know Him, more than anything else.
I want you to join me this Sunday LIVE ONLINE or in person, as we worship Him, as we pursue Him and His word.
May God increase your hunger for Him, and draw you closer than ever before!
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