Hosea 6:3 says,
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.
You see, it doesn't just happen by accident. We must acknowledge the LORD. We must press on. When we talk of pressing on, we are acknowledging that it takes some effort. We may have to dig deep, but we must press on to acknowledge Him.
This is what it feels like to press, to me.
I started my walk excited. I noticed all the beauty around me. I prayed as I walked. I prayed for people I knew and those whom houses I passed that I knew absolutely nothing about them.
As I was walking, I approached a hill. Although I was obviously walking up the downside of the hill, I was getting a little winded. Yes, I did say I was walking up the downside of the hill. The upside was a force to be reckoned with. I knew getting back up the hill was going to be a challenge, bur I did not realized I should have given it more thought. I just kept right on pressing.
My tracker told me I had reached my halfway point on the other side of the hill, but I could see things ahead of me I wanted to continue to go toward, so I did. Finally I got to a place that was my turn-around spot. So I headed back. When I reached the hill, it felt looked impossible. As I started to walk, it felt impossible. I really left for the walk ill-prepared. I didn't have water nor snacks. In my head, it was not hot and it was only 6 miles.
I started up the hill and it was taking everything in me to keep going. I thought about who I could all and no one was within an hour of me. So I had to keep going. I had to press on. Each step brought greater doubt; will I make it? I wondered if I would have to spend the night in the woods. I didn't have what I would need to withstand the cold night. What really comes out in the woods at night. It all went through my head.
As one foot went in front of the other, walking the incline, quite slowly, all my energy was being utilized by my legs, which were feeling quite weak. Also, because of that, less and less oxygen was making it to my head and I could feel myself getting dizzy. But I pressed on. At this point, I only wanted to make it to the top. Getting home was secondary, I had to have a more obtainable goal. So, not by accident would I reach my goal, I had to press on.
As I think on Hosea 6:3, ...As surely as the sun rises; He will appear...
That is where confidence lies. It lies in the truth of who God is and as surely as the sun shines, He will appear. While I sat there, I surely thought about my idea to just set off walking was not good. I learned a lot and now I am usually overly prepared for walks. On any given day you can generally find a snack in my purse.
But God taught me a wonderful lesson. I just have to press on. I have to seek Him. Although He is everywhere, our ability to see Him can be hindered by our unwillingness to press on. We can easily get caught up in the trees and completely miss the forest. Meaning we can get caught up in our own strength and forget it is God from whom all blessing flow. We can also get bogged down with what is not going right and fail to see all the good that God is doing, right around us; right in our lives.
The winter rains are needed to prepare the earth for planting. Surely He comes and rains on us and prepares our hearts for our planting season; for what lies ahead. He also comes and gives us spring rains. These showers cause the growth and wakes up what has been dormant.
This is the revivals we need when we have, perhaps, allowed life to pull us away, to lay dormant - not feasting on His word and pressing on as we seek him.
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)