Dear Church Family,
One of the most important things God wants you and me to get settled in our hearts is whether we are all-in when it comes to our relationship with Him. Satan is very strategic with his plans to derail and distract us. He's clever by making his temptations seem so harmless. There's a big difference between a half-hearted approach to God and wholehearted devotion. That half-hearted approach is where we find God's people in Hosea 10. When you begin reading that chapter, one would get the impression that all is well for the Israelites. Hosea 10:1 seems to indicate they are flourishing and in a season of plenty. Anyone looking at them from the outside would probably assume God is pleased with them. But Hosea lets the Israelites know God is anything but pleased with them, and their season of plenty and fruitfulness is about to be replaced with one of destruction and barrenness. Why? God didn't have their whole heart. Their hearts were deceived and divided. They had ignored God's warnings to tear down their altars. And as they chased after their idols, they wandered away from God.
Thankfully, our God is gracious in the midst of our wandering — calling us to repentance, offering us the chance to begin again. He holds out hope to the Israelites and to us in Hosea 10:12: "Sow to yourselves in righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rains righteousness on you.” Can't you just hear the Father's voice calling out to His people? Calling out to us? "My wayward and wandering children, turn back! Turn to Me! The path you are on is one that leads to destruction, one I cannot bless. But it's not too late! You haven't wandered too far. You can stop right now, right where you are, and return to Me ….. starting now. Draw near to Me once again, and I will draw near to you.”
That’s what revival is all about. Make plans to be here for each service of our revival. Let's seek God like never before. Let's turn to Him, follow Him and offer Him all that we are and all that we have. May God bless you and I hope to see you and your family in church this coming Lord’s Day!