Return to God

Hoseah 3:5 – Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.

Hosea’s story may seem outlandish, but in essence it is a story of rejection, hope, betrayal, and sorrow.  Hosea marries Gomer and starts a family, but his wife rejects him and becomes unfaithful.  Hosea was faithful and forgiving; Gomer was unfaithful and unrepentant.  Despite being loved and cared for, she sought security and pleasure from others.  The voice of God narrates the account, and we learn of his perspective through the parallels between Hosea’s marriage and God’s relationship with Israel.  God has been faithful and forgiving to his people; Israel was unfaithful and unforgiving.

The parallels do not end with Israel.  Sadly, we can see ourselves in this narrative as well.  God remains faithful and forgiving (1 John 1:9), but we have gone astray.  Our lusts have lured us away as we seek security, safety, pleasure, and promise outside of the grace of God (James 1:15). Just like Israel, we must endure a time of chastisement as the Lord disciplines, corrects, and directs our paths back to him (Hebrews 12:8).  God’s goodness to forgive leads us back to him in repentance, and there we should commit to remain by his grace (Romans 2:4, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).

Make today a day of confession.  Confess your sins.  Confess your need.  Confess your failures, mistakes, errors, misjudgments, and misunderstandings.  Confess your gratitude for God’s mercy and goodness.  Confess your dependence.  Confess your hunger and thirst for righteousness.  God will forgive you.  He will fill you.  He will fulfill you.  Return to God and enjoy the sweetness of his presence as you experience his cleansing and restoring mercy.

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