D. Lewis Gregory
THE WORD IS: The third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. 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. Hosea 6:2-3
THE POINT IS: There is a lot of talk about the resurrection during Easter time, and rightly so. But the resurrection should remain prominent in our thoughts all the time! It’s the resurrection side of the cross that makes all the difference in how we live. So, how do we live? There is no true living apart from the resurrection power of Almighty God. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to raise us up and enable us to live. It is that power which imparts the life of Christ to us. When Christ arose on the third day, we arose together with Him in order that we might walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). As a result of the resurrection, we can now live in His sight—His presence. That means we’ve been granted perpetual face-time with the Lord—in His presence. We are able to live in His presence by His very life within us! What an honor, privilege and awesome responsibility this is!
THE APPLICATION IS: But you’ve got to know how! Everyone recognizes the importance of “know how.” But where does this “know how” come from? The only “know how” that really matters comes from the Lord! Thus God made the stipulation that you would know, if and only if you “follow on to know the Lord.” But how do you do that? You can know Him by consciously and actively pursuing an ongoing relationship with Him. As with any relationship, it must be nurtured and cultivated. And that is how you’ll get to know the Lord—who He is, what He’s like, and what He wants. In knowing God, you will know all you need to know! God is all knowing; all knowledge comes from Him. Since God operates on the “need to know” basis, whenever you need to know something, He will let you know. But you must be looking and listening to Him! Jesus said He only did what He saw His Father do or heard His Father say (John 5:19, 30). You must do likewise! If you do, you will know. How? You’ll just know. He’ll see to that! As the Sun comes up every morning, God’s going forth to attend to the needs of His creation is sure and certain. God has designed it so that the rain falls upon the Earth at the appropriate season to nourish and replenish it. Likewise, God will take care of you. He will give you what you need at just the right time and in just the right way. God is dependable and faithful! Therefore, you can count on Him and you can trust Him with your life. So take your time, get to know Him, and He will take care of the rest!
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