Returneth

Ho 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 was my devotional verse for today. It seems to remind me of my yesterday thoughts on God does move. Hosea 6:3 affirms tha fact that God does not move. He is always there, constant. If there is any illustration that God has forsaken, God has turned his back, God has departed, I do not think it is literal. But a manner of speech to describe God’s response.

Just as the child in his disobedience causes the good parent to turn away. The parents will be more than happy to recieve the child once again when the child returns and repent. Was the parents permanently gone? No. The parents had always been there waiting. This is just like God, he is always there for us, as long as we are always there for him. Our God is a holy God, sin is intolerable to him. The question then is, we are sinners, acceptable to God by grace through the spilling of blood from the slain lamb Jesus Christ. Past, present, future sins have all been paid for by Jesus Christ on the cross for those who have like in Hosea 5:15 1) Aknowledge 2)Repented 3) Seek early. Our earthly parents may depart from us, but we have the full assurance of our God that “he will never leave us not forsake us” Heb 13:5

Some will surely complained about the parental examples, that the parents have dumped, abused, etc. No, I’m referring to the good responsible parents as our good LORD is. 1 Jn 1:9 reminds me “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”

Matthew Henry commented “v1-3 Those who have gone from God by consent, and in a body, drawing one another to sin, should, by consent and in a body, return to him, which will be for his glory, and their good. It will be of great use for support under afflictions, and to encourage our repentance, to keep up good thoughts of God, and of his purposes and designs concerning us. Deliverance out of trouble should be to them as life from the dead. God will revive them: the assurance of this should engage them to return to him. But this seems to have a further reference to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let us admire the wisdom and goodness of God, that when the prophet foretold the deliverance of the church out of her troubles, he should point out our salvation by Christ; and now these words are fulfilled in the resurrection of Christ, it confirms our faith, that this is He that should come and we are to look for no other. Here is a precious blessing promised; this is life eternal, to know God. The returns of the favour of God are secured to us as firmly as the return of the morning after a dark night. He shall come to us as the latter and former rain unto the earth, which refreshes it, and makes it fruitful. The grace of God in Christ is both the latter and the former rain; and by it the good work of our fruit-bearing is begun and carried on. And as the Redeemer was raised from the grave, so will He revive the hearts and hopes of all that trust in him. The feeblest glimpse of hope in his word, is a sure earnest of increasing light and comfort, which shall be attended with purifying, comforting grace that makes fruitful.”

The first sentence “drawing one another to sin” reminds me of Isa 53:6 “we have turned every one to his own way”. Isn’t it true? Not only do we sin, we urge and encourage others to do likewise. God forbid.

John Piper shared in Facebook which I liked “The old and unregenerated are weary in their sin. The old and long regenerated are weary of their sin.” Which are you? The former or the latter?

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~ by ymsim on 2011/02/01.

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