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.” Hosea 6:3 (NIV)
Do you want to know me? Yes, I want to know you. How strong is your desire to know me? My heart is filled with desire to know you. Knowing and loving you is the passion of my life. There is nothing I want more than to know and love you. That’s very good. Is there something you haven’t said that I need to know? The only way that you will really know me is if you seek me with your whole heart. A half-hearted seeking of me will get you nowhere and do nothing for you. Why is that? Are you thinking that seeking me in any measure is better than not at all? That isn’t my desire at all. I have no interest in seeking you half-heartedly. However, I was wondering about the question you just asked me. Can you tell me more? Yes, I would be happy to tell you more. Seeking me is an all or nothing endeavor. There is no such thing as partially seeking me. One person cannot walk on two paths that go in the opposite direction. Following after the ways of the world leads away from me. Living a life filled with sin and darkness has nothing to do with me. If following me were like swimming, dipping your toe in the water would not help you to learn how to swim. Following me is more like diving into the water and letting me teach you how to swim. Does that sound a little scary to you? Yes, it does. That’s the way you should feel. Following me will not be easy. You will face difficulties and challenges that will require you to rely on me. You will need to hold on to me with all your strength. As you hold on to me you can be certain of one thing. What’s that? I will be holding on to you and I will never ever let you go.
There is another thing that you can be certain of when you seek me with all your heart. What’s that? You will find me. As you draw near to me I will draw near to you. I will come to you. Just as surely as the suns comes up in the morning or just as the rain waters the earth so I will revive, refresh and renew your life. What do you have to say to me? I know that I will never ever have any regrets in seeking you with all my heart. There is nothing that would have been a better choice or use of my time. So, I give myself to you completely without any hesitation or reservation. All I am, all I have and all I hope to be is yours. I will dive in the water and rely on you to teach me to swim. That is very good.
Lord, it is the desire of my heart to know and love you with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. It is the priority of my life to draw near to you so I can live in an intimate relationship with you. Revive, refresh and renew my life as I am in your presence. Amen
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