The Hand of Fellowship
“I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me” (Hosea 5.15 ESV).
Once we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God will always hold onto us with His hand of salvation. There is a covenant that binds us eternally to God through the blood of Jesus Christ. That is why the blood is so important–it is the ink that signed on the dotted line to rescue us from an eternity without God who dwells in heaven. Because of Sin, we are separated from a Holy God, but Jesus becomes that bridge, restoring our relationship with the Creator God. However, God also offers us a His hand of fellowship, and this hand He will not force on us. We have a free will choice to grasp His hand of fellowship, to let it go and/or to ignore it. Much like a married couple who live separate lives; we can be bonded with God in covenant and have a faithless marriage with Him. Yet, Hosea offers us a simple way we can take hold of God’s hand of fellowship and continue to hang on tightly. We can humble ourselves (admitting our sin) and seek God, which is actually the solution to fellowship in all our relationships. Pride is an isolated sin that pushes others away. However, humility draws others to us, including our Holy God. And like any good relationship, when we consistently seek God’s face, we will come to know Him more and more, and He will return to His rightful place in our hearts–Center Stage!
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29.13 NIV).