Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

Press on to Know the Lord

Read Matthew 9:9-13 and Hosea 6.

A relationship requires interaction, especially when it’s new and you’re trying to get to know someone. I remember dating my wife and how we loved to talk and spend time together as we got to know one another. Some of my friends made a practice of writing letters to one another during their courtship to stay in touch. Can you imagine trying to build a relationship without interaction? It’d be silly. “I like that girl, so I’m going to be distant. I’m not going to talk to her at all.”

In Matthew 9:9-13 a crowd of needy people gathered to Jesus. We know they were needy because Jesus called them “sick.” They might have been physically sick, but Jesus was talking about their spiritual health. They wanted to learn more about the man who healed the physically sick and taught about how to be healed spiritually, so they followed him and gathered with Him.

In His discussion of these needy people Jesus references Hosea chapter 6. I love what Hosea wrote in verses 2 and 3, “After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. 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 prophetically references the spiritual healing that came through the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day. He encourages the people listening to “press on” to know the Lord.

The sinners who came to Jesus in Matthew 9 were persistent in their efforts, just like Hosea encourages. They were sincere in their hearts about their desire to know the Lord.  Hosea says that if we press on and pursue the knowledge of the Lord with sincerity, he WILL appear to us. It is a guarantee.

I pray that we aren’t just going through the motions or pursuing the knowledge of the Lord with half a heart. May we pursue the Lord sincerely and with vigor.

Lord, knowing You and being close to You is the greatest desire in my life.  I desire to be close to You and to see You working in my life.