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August 2, 2018, 4:04 PM

Seeking The Lord In Our Misery


Seeking The Lord In Our Misery

The prophet Hosea long ago wrote these striking words: "In their misery, they will earnestly seek Me." (5:15) Isn't that still true for us, today? When things are going well, we can't spare very much time for the Lord. But when things are going poorly, when we are miserable, and realize that we cannot extricate ourselves out of our problems, then we get religion all of a sudden. We become earnest in prayer. We come regularly to worship. And we begin more energetically to read the Bible, seeking guidance and comfort from God. God uses our misery for a good purpose--to cause us to earnestly seek Him. He allows the misery to come to us to break us down, to show us our great need for Him and to cause us to become more faithful in living for Him. Misery is sent by God to discipline us, as a loving father disciplines his son, according to Hebrews 12:7ff: “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. ..God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness....it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Though we are so often faithless, God "will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself" (2 Timothy 2:13). God rescues us from our misery, not because we have sought Him earnestly, but because He cannot disown Himself. He is the God of love and mercy! He's proved that in sending His own Son to the cross to pay for our sins. In His love and mercy, God is the One who has allowed the misery to come into our lives in the first place. Hosea continues: "He has torn us to pieces, but He will heal us! He has injured us, but He will bind up our wounds!” (Hosea 6:1-2) God promises to heal us, to rescue us from our misery. God's deliverance will come to us with certainty, as Hosea promises: “As surely as the sun rises, He will appear!" (Hosea 6:3). So, if you are suffering in misery, seek the Lord earnestly. Understand that He has allowed this misery to come to you, for the good purpose of drawing you closer to Him. Trust His promises that He will rescue you; He will forgive you; He will heal you of your misery!

In Christ,

Pastor Orr