Grinding Out Righteousness

When God’s desert wooing failed to win Israel’s loyalty, he decreed, “For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods” (Hosea 3:4, NIV). This signifies a time of testing to rebuild trust between God and a person who has abundantly, stubbornly sinned against great light from the Holy Spirit and now desires to return to God. In this incredibly painful place, Jesus expects a person to walk without sin (which obviously includes grumbling) while enjoying none of the blessings of God’s felt presence or answered prayers. The only way out is entire consecration and full submission to Jesus. Have you made a covenant with Jesus to receive from his hand only what he chooses to give you?