“Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days, He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know. Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.” (Hosea 6:1-3)
During a drought, everything feels parched and desolate. Lawns fade from lush green to dead brown. Crops in the field wither, fruit stands are deserted, and farmers tend to feel defeated ….
There’s drought, and then there’s drought ….
Most of us didn’t live through the drought of the 1930s — the worst in U.S. history; but our parents or grandparents certainly did, and they remember nine, long years without any rain whatsoever …..
In the breadbasket of our country, the richest farmlands became the Dust Bowl. More than 75 percent of the country was affected by the drought, crippling 27 states severely. On April 14, 1935, a day known as “Black Sunday,” the wind whipped across the parched farmlands and blew dust into “black blizzards” that stripped millions of acres of topsoil ….
Most of us have never witnessed a drought of that magnitude — not in the land, at least, though sadly, many of us much too often in our spirits ….
(Isaiah 58:11) describes the human heart as a garden. Some hearts are like “a watered garden,” while others become “scorched places” …..
A neglected heart becomes overgrown with weeds, then grows dry and lifeless, and is eventually swept away in a dust storm. Sadly, this can be the outcome of a weary dry heart overcome with the cares of this world, neglecting the much needed daily infusion of life-giving water ….
Like me, maybe you’ve experienced some parched days in your relationship with God. Maybe you’ve known the sadness of falling in exhaustion as you watch and pray through the weary eyes of your heart as your loved ones seem to fade into the world; fervently praying for something or someone, waiting for that promise even as your hope begins to shrivel. Maybe you’ve had seasons where time with God seemed to be non-existent, and weekend worship felt something like “Black Sunday” ….
This doesn’t have to be the end of your story. In fact, “times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:20).
You can have a fresh downpour of God’s grace and mercy upon your life. Your tired hands can feel a fresh surge of energy to labor for our King. Your feeble knees may be strengthened. The jaded eyes that read these words can gaze in renewed wonder and awe upon the God who loves you. The aging heart that beats in your chest can pulse with renewed joy from God. God is not reluctant! He is faithful, He is ready and He is willing ….
As Hosea assures us, “He will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” The soul in drought needs God’s showers. And when He gives, He gives in infinite abundance ….
When you turn your parched heart to Him, He’d never respond, “Here’s a tiny bit. That’s all I’ll give you right now, but check back later if you want a wee bit more.” Does God give like that? No! Certainly not!
God gives in “good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over” (Luke 6:38) and “far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). That is an indisputable promise in which we can place our hope and trust ….
When revival comes to the human heart, it doesn’t come as a gentle, summer, sunshine rain. It’s not a sprinkle or a scattered shower. When revival comes to the burdened human heart, it’s a torrent, a cascade, a deluge, a downpour!
If your heart feels dry and scorched today, then hear Hosea’s invitation: “Come, let us return to the Lord . . . . He will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” For a thirsty soul, a spiritual downpour awaits ….
I would challenge you to find a few minutes and read (Isaiah 58) that your hope may be renewed. I pray that your weary heart would embrace the invitation before you today. God will not hasten to perform His Word and fulfill His promises unto you. Won’t you pause in your scrolling today and just take a few moments to come to the fountain and drink ….?
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living waters.” (John 7:38)
Let’s pray ~
Gracious God, I’m weary of being dry and passionless. I see the true condition of my heart. I acknowledge those places I’ve left untended, those places that have grown dry, brown, and lifeless. I thank You that my soul isn’t condemned to drought. I choose now to return unto You. Please come to my soul as a refreshing shower. Please bring new life back to my weary heart this day I pray. I thank You, my Lord, that You are my refreshing and nothing I could ever do would be sufficient to revive my weariness apart from You. I thank You for all You are and Your faithfulness unto me. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, Amen