Embracing Grace: Preparing for the King, Part 2

A 365 Day Devotional Journal

Day:  9

Scripture:  Hosea 2:14-23 (amplified)

Part of our preparation for the King requires that we sojourn through a season of fallowness, a time when it seems like nothing is happening. It is during this time God’s deepest work is wrought, for He loves to work in secret.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 25:21

During these times we struggle the most with loneliness. We often feel abandoned by God and deal with despair, wondering what possible good could come from such a place of wilderness (of the heart).

Just because winter is upon us does not mean springtime will not come.

Fallow Time. Photo Copyright © 2009 Érin Elise

Plants endure winter yet bud forth each spring. For them, it is a time of insignificance, of dormancy, of rest. It is a normal, yearly occurrence. Why do we see nothing wrong with a lower life form going through a period of dormancy, yet grow impatient when we are beset with the same? Why should we think it would be otherwise for us, when we are so much higher in importance to God?

He lures us into the wilderness that he may provoke us to stop and listen.

To listen to His still, small voice.

Our roots sink down deep in the dormancy of the wilderness, as He awakens our soul to hunger, not for doing great things for the kingdom but simply, for Him.

In the wilds, our soul is laid bare of all the trappings of this world, so that we may enter into the bridal chamber with ONE purpose, and ONE purpose only.

To become one with the Bridegroom.

Read: Hosea 2:14-23 (amplified). If you do not own an amplified Bible, a great on line source is www.biblegateway.com. Journal your private thoughts.

Father God, thank you for loving me enough to provoke me, to cause me to hunger more and more and more – for YOU.  Take what little I have, which is just me, and transform this life into a precious lily of the valley, as a gift for You at our marriage supper. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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1 Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.lockman.org

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