Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.” vs. 3Hosea 5:15-6:3
During the 8th century BCE, Hosea was called to bring a word from the Lord to the rival kingdoms of Israel and Judah. They had begun to think they were pretty special and had become enamored of wealth and power. In the process they’d even begun to worship the gods of the Canaanites, the ultimate betrayal of the Lord. Hosea proclaims to anyone who will listen that the Lord had abandoned them–they were now on their own. When fortunes then turned against these two rebellious nations and enemies loomed large, Hosea believed that people would turn again to the Lord for rescue and restoration. His observations are not far from the truth. This is how humans have continued to live through the centuries. Again and again nations have gotten caught up in the desires of the age and imagined their destiny would be one of glory and might. We’ve experimented with every kind of godless living, waged war at a whim, and reaped horrendous consequences. And out of the ashes we’ve gotten on our knees and pleaded for restoration. And because the Lord is unconditional love, new hopes are born, the spring rains come, and we are delivered. But it seems we never learn–too soon the cycle begins again and we return to the verge of destruction!
Thought for the Day: What signs of hope do I see for our nation?