Devotions

Returning to the Lord

Hosea 6:1 (NIV):  “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.”

I have made bad decisions that have lasting consequences. I have wronged others. I have withheld truth from my family. I have been unfaithful to God. Bottom line: I am a sinner.

The results of my sin have not only impacted me, but have impacted others. They have impacted how I have been able to live my life. God has allowed these consequences. I have been “torn to pieces” and I have been “injured.”

Hosea wrote to an Israelite nation that had suffered the consequences of rebelling against God. When I read the Old Testament, story after story is about people who sin. The whole nation of Israel, in spite of God’s provisions and miracles, had even worshiped other gods. God allowed them to be torn to pieces and to be injured.

Amazingly, the prophet Hosea encouraged the Israelites to “return to the Lord.” By doing so, Hosea was confident that God would “heal” and would “bind up” their wounds. The key to healing was to “return to the Lord.”

Our nation is hurting. We are suffering, not just individually, but as a society. Many of our challenges are the result of turning away from Jesus. We have tried to control our own lives. We have kept God out.

Can God heal us? I believe He can. I believe that by returning to the Lord, I can embrace life even like a little boy laughing with joy. I want that. I want to approach God like a little child. The joy of my salvation will then permeate my life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I return to You. I seek You, even as a little child. I desire Your healing in my life, even of the consequences of my own sin. Thank you for Your forgiveness and the freedom I can have, even to laugh as a little child.

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