Stricken by God with his knowledge

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God reveals himself to those who he strikes

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The following passage expresses a clear and frank vision of how God deals with us in a way that we can really get to know him:

“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn, but he will heal us; he has stricken, but he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live in his sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; he will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.” (Hosea 6:1-3)

Stricken by God and healed by God

The great drama of God’s healing is that most of the time it is preceded by a wound with which he himself inflicts upon us. Before the surgeon removes the tumor, he needs to cut into the body with the scalpel. You can’t be cured unless you submit to the surgery and you can’t undergo a surgery without being wounded. This is an obvious law for those who responsibly deal with people’s root problems.

We need to grow in our knowledge of God in this sense. It is common to skip over the first two verses of this passage, fleeing from the implications of the context and theorizing or rationalizing an alternative and more pleasing interpretation. However, the essence of knowing God is to experience what Hosea experienced. The knowledge of God begins with wounds that he himself inflicts in our lives: “… He has torn, but he will heal us; he has stricken, but he will bind us up.”

Every person powerfully used by God in ministry needs to be able to say what Paul said: “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus”. In the same way, Isaiah described the Messiah as “stricken by God”. Jacob was also stricken by the sword of the angel of the Lord. God knows how to wound us in the right place and in the right manner. He has the expertise of a surgeon.

There is however a difference between a wound and a scar. The scar is nothing more than a wound that has healed. The mark and the memory remain, however the pain, the shame and the vulnerability have been completely overcome.

It is important not only to talk about the “wounds of God” but also the “scars of God”. God is a god of scars. The essence of the messianic anointing is to mend the broken reed and re-light the smoking wick. Each scar from God represents a gamut of profound experiences that results in legitimate and palpable divine knowledge. This was perfectly expressed through the words of Job after all of his suffering:

“I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5, 6)

To know God is not merely being an expert in the Bible and theology. The truth is, to the extent that someone becomes an expert defender of his or her doctrines, he or she can also develop the tendency of becoming unteachable, independent, closed to change and anti-synergetic.

This type of resistance hinders growth and sins against the progression of divine revelation. This is the diseased process of binding the mind through tradition.

It is crucial to maintain a flexible attitude taking care not to despise the “old” as well as not being overly opposed to the “new” moves of God:

Then he said to them, “therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” (Matthew 13:52)

According to Hosea, to progress in the knowledge of God is a process through which God wounds, heals the wound, leaves a scar, revives and resurrects. In each surgical process, God removes everything that hinders our faith concerning his character. The more this faith grows, the less value we give to circumstantial crises. Spontaneous worship and a solid perspective of the greatness of God powerfully spring forth in our lives.

Habakkuk’s song: the spirit of the true worshiper

Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls – Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.  (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

This is the spirit of the song of Habakkuk! Even though we do not see the possibility of growth and fruitfulness, even though we do not feel the anointing, even though we are being confronted with the scarcity of resources and results, even though many are abandoning us, however, God remains faithful and worthy of our happiness! This is real worship!

This is the process through which we get to know God and place in God and nothing else or no one else our trust and satisfaction. Then the Lord will be our strength, and will make us to live and walk in high places, above the most elevated obstacles. The book of Habakkuk begins with a question and ends with an exclamation mark. God desires to transform all of our questions into surprising answers of faith!

Faithfulness must exist, not only when everything goes well, but when everything goes bad. They say that: “when the ship sinks the rats abandon ship”. This is the way that God tests and discerns who is who. Who are you? Only through trials and testing will you know the answer!

Worship is the positive balance of faith in our spiritual account accrued through the tests of God. Here is where not only a new song is birthed, but where the spirit of a true worshiper is forged. Such was Habakkuk’s prophetic stance.

Only people who understand the power of God’s dealings will reach this level of faith and worship. These are real people who have God’s scars in their lives, healthy people who have gained the necessary integrity to serve the Lord and support the pressures of a true revival!

O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)

In evangelical circles the word revival is in vogue. Revival is a popular subject. However, it is easy to perceive that most Christians do not understand the personal implications of revival very well. If we really desire and aspire to attain revival, if we want God to come to our lives, our church and our society, we must respond to this question that Malachi asked:

But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire And like launderer’s soap. (Malachi 3:2)

Are you able to support being stricken by God? Can you withstand his purification process? Can you withstand his correction? Will you be able to support the purifying and cleaning fire that he will lead you through? When he begins to wash all of your dirty laundry and cleanses your soul, will you be able to support it? Do you still want revival, revival that begins with you?




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