Hosea 6:1-7 (New Living Translation)
1“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces;
now He will heal us. He has injured us;
now He will bandage our wounds.
2 In just a short time He will restore us,
so that we may live in His presence.
3 Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn
or the coming of rains in early spring.”
4 “O Israel and Judah,what should I do with you?” asks the Lord.
“For your love vanishes like the morning mist
and disappears like dew in the sunlight.
5 I sent my prophets to cut you to pieces— to slaughter you with my words,
with judgments as inescapable as light.
6 I want you to show love not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
7 But like Adam, you broke my covenant and betrayed my trust.
At the time of writing, I have been a Christian for almost 40 years! And over the years I have come to realize that the unchangeable, dependable truth isn’t a bunch of facts. No, it’s a Person who declared that He, Himself is the Truth. That person is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Truth is important. Nobody wants to live in deception. Writing this devotional is a key part of my quest to know the Lord Jesus better.
We live in a world of information overload. Recently, I began to realize that the constant inflow of messages from email, television and social media was taking its toll on me. I noticed that I was spending less and less time with the Lord. And because of this, my grasp of the truth was not as firm as it had once been. Trials now easily robbed me of peace. Negative thoughts easily assailed my mind, leaving me unsettled.
I realized that seeking Him had to be my first priority if I wanted to stay grounded in Him and equally important – have His perspective of events in a turbulent, rapidly changing world, a world in which we experience trials that make us feel like God Himself is tearing and injuring us. (Hosea 6:1)
I also wanted to respond in a deeper way to God and His clearly stated desire for a love relationship with me! I could not resist His passionate cry in Hosea 6:4 (Message version):-
“O Ephraim and Judah, what shall I do with you? For your love vanishes like morning clouds, and disappears like dew. ”
Last but not least, I know that one day I will have to give an account of my life to Him. His judgment is inescapable light. (Hosea 6:5). I want to live with that awareness from now on and writing this blog is helping me do this.
To everyone who will join me on this journey, whether now or in the future, I pray that you and I will receive a fresh revelation of Jesus, give Him His rightful place in our hearts, and be grounded afresh in truth. May we also regain a fresh understanding and appreciation of the treasure of spiritual rebirth and the gift of eternal life.
Come, let us return to the one who is the embodiment of Truth.
Come, let us return to the Lord. (Hosea 6:1)