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.”
Christ Jesus, when He comes to us by the influence of the Holy Spirit, is like a shower of rain, to a dry and thirsty ground.
When we are without Jesus in our lives, our hearts are hard, and nothing seems to soften them or make an impression on them.
(We may feel many emotions….which come and go….bring thoughts to lift or depress…..but our hearts are not softened by them….only used like a sponge….fluid in and out….never becoming the fruitful garden full of beauty and usefulness to the Lord.)
When we are born again….the Holy Spirit comes within us…..like a gentle rain, He softens us…..to feel the impressions of the Word of God for our lives.
But when we fall into sin after becoming Christians,(and sadly this can happen)…..we can again become “hardened”.
So we need to turn to Him again, and pray for showers of His mercy and grace to come to us, and soften our hearts in repentance, and cleansing in His blood.
Wherever Christ comes, the rain of the Holy Spirit and of grace, comes to our souls;…..and we are turned into a well watered land.
Fruitful and beautiful, for we drink Him in;…..and by His Spirit’s influence, we are changed little by little, into His character.
As rain is a free gift of God to the earth……to poor and rich alike, the rain falls.
So Christ is offered to all who will receive Him.
The rain is most necessary to all the parts of the plants: roots, trunk, branches, leaves, and blossom.
So Christ is necessary to every part of us: our understanding, our will, our emotions, and our memories.
He strengthens us in good things, and enlivens us as we grow.
He increases our peace, and love for Him and others.
He preserves us within, by His Spirit; and without, by HIs Word.
As rain sometimes comes amid thunderstorms, as well as the gentle warm rain; so Christ comes to us to warn us, as well as to encourage us.
As rain satisfies the dry earth, so Christ comes and satisfies us.
He gives us the fruit of His Spirit within us.
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”
If we follow on to know the Lord,…..He will come unto us as the rain, the former and latter rain, upon the dryness of our souls.