Hosea 6:3: “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.”
The opposite of acknowledging the Lord is ignoring Him. People ignore the Lord for various reasons. I have done so too, and I can say that life was lonely without Him. Without God I did not even seem to connect with other people very well. Nothing really worked, which reminded me of a power outage we went through here in Arizona during Monsoon season a few years back. The wind had knocked down some of the power lines in our area. As a result my husband and I sat in the dark. So we drove around and went to the next place where we saw light – a little restaurant a few blocks away – and there we stayed until the power was back on.
Embracing the Lord is much like connecting the power plug back to electricity. We’re basically turning the power back on in our lives.
Also on a social level we want to be plugged in – family, work, friends, all of that matters. Take all of that out of the equation, and we’re subjected to isolation, similar to being washed ashore on some remote island. Remember Cast Away? Or maybe you’ve read the classic: Robinson Crusoe?
We get the picture. We need to be connected. That’s what acknowledging the Lord is all about. Acknowledging Him means to recognize the most important connection there is: the connection that all creation inherently has with its Creator. Why is this so important to realize? Well, realizing that we are created opens up the door to our Creator – and that’s a big deal. It means we belong. It means we know where we are from and where we are headed. It means we matter and were created for a reason. It also means we are loved – because our Creator is quite attached to His creation, to say the least.
Recognizing all of these things brings life to our bones, joy to our hearts, and hope for the future. Never underestimate the power of acknowledging the Lord! He comes to us like the winter rains; he softens the soil of our hearts and gives us the opportunity to thrive.