Draw Near to God

"let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth." - Hosea 6:3

The prophets play a pivotal role in our faith. Namely, they are the ones who "call us out." They warn us when we've fallen into sin. By definition, they are the bearers God's message - God's word for us. Sometimes, this message was good news. More often than not, the news was bad. Frankly, this is why many of us don't like to read (nor preach from) the prophets. Too often, prophets were the bearers of bad news. They called people to "repent" and "change our ways." They sounded the alarm when we chose a path leading to our downfall. Of course, who likes it when anyone (even God) tell us that we need to change or face our downfall? Back in 2010, I arrived as the new pastor of Faith. I had dreams and visions of changing this and starting that. One of our wise church members gave me a short book, whose title said it all. "Change is good. You go first." This little book reminded me that nobody welcomes change. We (including me) associate change with pain, discomfort, and distress. As we enter into our 7th week of the Stay-At-Home order, let me acknowledge that change has been difficult. We've all experienced (to various degrees) pain, discomfort, and stress. In times like this, I find comfort in reading through the prophets. Yes, they're filled with dire warnings and calls for repentance. However, they're also filled with words of hope. They're full of God's comfort and assurance. They proclaim God's promises. So, let us press on to know the Lord. In the midst of change, let's draw near to the One who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. In the midst of uncertainty, let's cling to God's promises and proclaim God's hope. Yes, there are times when life's pressure and problems feel overwhelming. Yes, there are days when we wonder if the sun will ever shine again. However, Hosea reminds us, God's appearing "is as sure as the dawn." God's redemption is near. God's Spirit is poised to pour over us - to renew us like the spring showers that water the earth. So, let us press on to know the Lord. Pray. Be still. Draw near to God, who draws near to us.. Pastor Caleb

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