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.
The context of our focus text (Hosea 6:1-3) is a call for revival. Turn back to God, and He will return to you. For that to happen, the Lord must be acknowledged.
Like in our time, the Jews of Hosea’s day had closed God out of their lives. And the little homage that remained was insincere.
Hidden faith is no faith. God’s people were never intended to worship and serve as a matter of convenience or an afterthought. Christians are to be spiritual fruit bearers; salt, and light. Jesus said, “by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:20) He was referring to false prophets, but the analogy can also apply to those in the faith. Fruit reveals the reality of our relationship to God. Our conduct, speech, pursuits, and thinking tell the real story.
Hosea implored his people to “acknowledge the Lord.” To acknowledge the Lord is to accept and admit the existence of God and His truth; recognize His importance to us and others, to be open about our dependency and need for Him, and transparent about our love and devotion for the one who saved us.
Here’s a sobering instruction from the Lord about those who are truly saved:
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33
A term I hear often in the news these days is “push back.” It is primarily used in political contexts. “Congressman Jones pushed back today against the charge he took a bribe.” “Senator Hudson pushed back against his critics who say he’s not doing enough for the working man.” Well, in this world of political correctness, we must “push back” against all attempts at suppressing our duty to acknowledge God. “In God we trust” should not be hidden or eliminated, but shouted from the rooftops. Christians must stand up for the faith. Like the song says, “Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross.”
People still need the Lord. That fact has not changed. Only Jesus saves, and we fail our generation and those to come if we suppress that message.
When we distance ourselves from the Father, He becomes distant to us. And when the power goes out life becomes more difficult — even desperate.
Once my mother asked a neighbor to grant permission for a sewer line to be run through her yard to our house. The woman refused. Then I tried it, and she gave the permission we needed. Why? The neighbor said she saw me as a child passing her house. “She had been waiting a long time for me to come.”
God is waiting for us to come, individually and corporately. When we acknowledge Him it’s like opening the floodgate of blessings, we’ve been missing. Hosea explained the result of acknowledging God. “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’s audience understood the symbolism of the sun and rain. Both were totally necessary for their existence.
You remember the famous line from the movie, Field of Dreams. “If you build it, he will come.” Hosea’s message is, “If we acknowledge the Lord, He will come.”
Our relationship to God can be compared to the sun and the planets in our solar system. You know, planets revolve around the sun. That’s the way we should view our walk with God. He doesn’t revolve around us as one of the many components of our lives. God must be the center of our universe.
Will you acknowledge Him today? Make Him the highest priority in your life. He wants to help, bless, protect, provide, and guide you from here to eternity with Him in His heaven.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Show Yourself to Be a Child of God
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.