To Know the Lord
Hosea 6:3 “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”
This is time word: not before, but “then”.
“Then” what? We shall we know Lord, “If” we follow on to know the Lord.
This might seem like a revolving door. We will know, if we follow on to know.
But Jesus said the same thing when He was here:
John 8:31-32 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My words, then are ye My disciples indeed;
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Now these people believed on Him; but they were to continue to believe and obey His word. Then they would know the truth, and the truth would make them free. (Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. John 14:6)
You see, we are called to a walk with Jesus. That is taking each step, each day, each forward move: with Him.
And what does He promise those who “follow on”?
“His going forth (with us) is prepared as the morning;”
As certain as this old earth keeps turning, there will be sunrise tomorrow.
There may be clouds, or the day dark and dreary; but the sun will be there: prepared as the morning.
He knows everything that will come to us each day. He is there, preparing in us the grace we need to deal with each thing.
He will rise with us; hit the highway with us; go into our work place, or school with us; and all along the way He will: “Come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain upon the earth.”
Rain in scripture speaks of His mercy:
This rain was essential for a good harvest in Israel.
You had to have the early rain to soften the ground; and the latter rain to grow the crops.
All this was by the mercy of God.
And He will come unto us: in the circumstances we are in now, today; and “rain” the blessing of grace and mercy for us. (He will be there; guide us, help us, and lift us up; in this time, whatever is going on.)
He wants us to know Him as Lord and Savior.
He wants us to know Him more each day: what He wills for us, and what He will do for us.
He has prepared each grace that we need; “prepared as the morning”—it is sure.
And He wants us to go with Him, into all our circumstances and relationships; and know more and more of Him: “to follow on to know”.
For “then”, we will know:
And let’s face it: knowing the Lord is: truth, life, and everything we will want.
He fills our hearts and lives with joy: “If” we continue in His word.