“Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth. What shall I do with you? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away.” Hosea 6:3,4
Knowing God takes pressing on, and it is an endeavor we can share with our sisters and brothers in Christ. Let us. Let us encourage one another, let us learn together, let us share ways He has revealed Himself specifically and personally. Let us tell each other the great things He has done, how He has delivered, convicted, guided, guarded. Let us know Him, and know Him together.
Our Lord makes Himself available to be known. Like the dawn, He is present, bright and life-giving, dependable and certain. His grace and glory radiate to affect all we see and understand, to seep into us the heat of divine love and warm affection for what pleases Him. He brings showers of blessing, comfort, wisdom, and living water that refresh like spring rain, that cause delight, give time to pause, soften hearts like seeds to begin to grow. He satisfies those in darkness and those who thirst. This is our knowable God. (John 4:14; 7:38-39; 2 Peter 1:19)
And we? In comparison, we are fickle, we are too easily distracted by our acquaintance with lesser things, our attraction to the glitzy and temporary. Our love for God is shallow, at one moment promising like a morning cloud but quickly dissipating when breezes of busyness blow, damp like early dew but readily evaporating when the heat of opposition or the tickle of favored affections come along. Because we are who we are, we must press on to know Him!
“I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14
Do I make the effort to come alongside true comrades in pressing on to know God? Or do I prefer to socialize with those who put up with a complacent or superficial spirituality? Can I quote what people say about God more readily than the very word of God Himself? What do I need to do, what time will I invest, to be such a friend who strives with others to grow in our understanding, to climb to higher faith?
“I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
‘Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.’” ~Johnson Atman, Jr (1856-1926)
Would I lock arms with fellow believers and commit to pressing on to know our Lord better? Whom has He put in my path with whom I will marvel at His dawn and drink deeply of His life?
Father, make my faith and devotion lasting. Help me persevere in pressing on with Your people to know You, and to live for You, all to Your great praise.