Intimately Knowing God Through the Droughts

“So, let’s get intimate with God in all our ways and wait in certain hope that the spring rains will come.”

Hosea 6:3
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.”

I received a text message from a good friend this morning that encouraged me no end. Sean quoted Hosea 6:3 reminding me that the Hebrew word for “know” is yaw-dah, which has a great variety of senses, figuratively and literally. It is the same word that is used in the intimate relationship between husband and wife. Sean encouraged me to press in and know God intimately, that is, to seek the thoughts and plans of God during, especially through the dry seasons of life.

Then, quoting the rest of the verse, Sean said, “I started to imagine what it must feel like when the spring rains finally come. In the dry arid climate of Israel, the spring rains must bring such relief, joy and hope. I feel God is saying to us, during these dry times, relief and joy will come. As the dawn comes after the night, God will come through for us.” Then he added, “So, now is the time, before the rains, to really press in and know God.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has so drastically influenced our societies that lives and livelihoods have been decimated. The pandemic ushered in one of the greatest socio-economic droughts this world has ever known. But God! But God was and still is on his throne. He was and still is the source of our economic, social, mental and physical wellbeing. And God! And God knows the plans he has for us as we seek to know him intimately; plans for welfare and not for evil, to give us a future and a hope.

Therefore, hold on tightly as you seek to know God intimately in all you are and all you do, Live by God’s Word, which reminds us to acknowledge (which in Hebrew is the same word, yaw-dah) the Lord in all our ways and he will direct our paths. So, let’s get intimate with God in all our ways and wait in the certain hope that the spring rains will come.

God-tracking is knowing God intimately through the droughts of life

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PRAY

I rest in your care and the knowledge of your intimacy

“O my dear Lord, I praise you that you are always on the throne and in control of the affairs of man. Forgive me for doubting your knowledge of my situation. I choose to acknowledge you intimately in everything I am and all I do in life. I know that you know the plans you have for me; plans for my welfare and not evil. So, during these trying times, I choose to know you with reverent intimacy. I know the spring rains will come – you will restore my fortunes, as it says in your Word, in your time. I rest in your care and the knowledge of your intimacy. Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer today, please email me – dudley@godtracker.co.uk

Dudley Anderson

Originally from South Africa, Dudley Andersen now lives in the UK where he heads up Sure Reality Media and pastors Cornerstone Family Church in Worcestershire. He is married to Karen-Leigh and has two children, Kerryn and Ryan. Dudley has a background in radio and has worked for Radio Pulpit, Impact Radio and Christian Vision. Since 2005 he has produced diverse content for various Christian stations. He is the author of God-Tracking Through the Year and Overflowing Hope and writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also a worship leader.

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