As Certain As Rain
“He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.” Hosea 6:3
Well, by all accounts this has been a very wet spring. You certainly do not need a rain gauge to know that water has been falling from the sky on a regular basis. For some, it brings out the pluviophile in you—a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during a rainy day. Others maybe feel more akin to Pooh who tells us that when life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles. I like what Bob Marley said concerning rain—“some people feel the rain, others just get wet.”
The rain reminds me of something else—the certainty of God! Our Lord is more reliable and dependable than any rainy season known to man. In the midst of a rebuke that the prophet Hosea spoke out to Israel (a rebuke centered on their apostasy and leaving their first love of God, one that certainly found discipline and spiritual consequences) there is a profound call to connect with God in a deep, life-giving way. Look at the prophet’s record—“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and he will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.” Hosea 6:3
First, see the call—to know the Lord, emphatically stated in the admonition to “press on.” Such knowledge in the Old Testament was seen as a relational and experiential knowledge, a fact that was understood because it was a lived reality. It moved way beyond a classroom, textbook, or brief google search. It was felt more than it was getting wet (sans Marley). Because it was a genuine experience, then this same “knowing” was a truth expressed by confession. It is akin to having an incredible experience—like kids who take their first roller coaster ride—then have to tell everyone about that experience…confession.
That knowledge is something that must be on the frontier of living—the first thing you think of when you get up, the last thing you think of before sleep, and the consuming reality of everything in-between. “Press on” to experience the relationship that is life-affirming and life-giving. That is the very content of Jesus’ prayer in John 17—“This is eternal life, that they may know you…”
Second, see that such an endeavor is attached to the certainty of God. He is as certain as the rising of the sun in the morning. He is as sure as the rain (in fairness to Hosea, the spring rains were a fairly predictable reality in Palestine…only minimized by drought or the judgment of God. They could set their calendars by the spring rains—it became a metaphor for certainty). Other passages in the Bible affirm this truth—doesn’t change like shifting shadows (James 1), same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 12), and etc. The point being, when a person sets their heart to knowing God in a deeply relational, experiential way, they will inevitably find Him because he doesn’t play games of hide-and-seek. He wants you to know him; he longs for those closer realities with his children. He is a certain as rain!
So next time it rains—feel it, play in the puddles, experience joy…and connect with your God in a deeply satisfying way.
Blessings on the journey,