Grace Protestant Reformed Church

Time to Seek Jehovah

Date: PM
Text: Hosea 10:12
Psalters: 92, 72, 188, 289
Preparatory to the Lord's Supper
    1. Figure of a farmer’s fields left uncultivated and the ground is hard so the rains run off and do not soak in. Cannot produce.
    2. Each part of a child of God is to be cultivated and nurtured by faith or it becomes hard and weedy.
  1. What this is.
    1. To “seek” is to inquire about something so often that a path is formed by our repeatedly tramping.
      1. It describes the activity of maintaining continued fellowship with God.
      2. The heart of this necessity is that our soul must come into His arms, as the father received the prodigal son.
    2. Seek because of where we are and not to where God is (as if He is hidden).
    3. Negative implications.
    4. Seek Jehovah through His dear Son.
      1. We will never find Jehovah till we seek Him by way of Jesus Christ.
      2. Seek Him by asking Him to wash me of my sin and sinfulness and to change us within and without.
  2. When is it time to seek Jehovah?
    1. We seek Him by hungering and thirsting after His righteousness.
      1. We keep learning that we have none of our own, and that what we think is righteousness is really filthy rags.
      2. Seek Him when the truth of His Word is read or you are being pricked by the preaching of His Word.
    2. Special occasions in which this call to seek Him is especially appropriate.
      1. The context: chastening hand of God on the remnant of Judah living amidst the desolations of Jerusalem.
      2. Whenever we feel His rod or His bit and bridle.
    3. In all of our life.
      1. Seek him when young, for God promises that those who seek Him early shall find Him (Proverbs 8:17).
      2. Seek Him late in life, especially when facing eternity.
  3. How long? “Till He rain righteousness.”
    1. Righteousness rains down.
      1. Assurance that God, for Jesus’ sake, has forgiven me wholly and forever.
      2. Peace which results from being justified by God (the publican went home justified).
    2. Seek Him till you find Him. Find Jehovah Himself or else go on seeking.
      1. If all we say is, “God, be merciful to me the sinner,” keep praying.
      2. Or if all you can cry is, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief,” pray on and on.
      3. Elijah sought Him with cries and tears, praying for rain, sending Gehazi seven times.