No Longer Exiled: Part Two, Hosea

They have fallen away and He will call them home.   After awhile of wandering from the truth, He will restore them.

2:4-5  For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.

The Messianic King will come back and change everything, forgiving and ruling over God’s people forever. He will wash us clean of our sins and nourish us so that we don’t seek fulfillment in gluttonous desires.

We see a love story.

Hosea loves Gomer and makes a home for her despite her sin against him. He cares for her children, and mends her broken life. All of these things Jesus does for us.  He makes us a home, tends to our brokenness and loves us forever. We need to look no further than the truth. No man or action of our own will bring us our ultimate needs. The love story that God had poured out for us is the ultimate truth that should leave us in awe, and nothing more.

As I think more about this story, and about my own life, I see so much hurting inside my own relationships, or between loved ones. I have to remind myself  that we have a faithful God. He doesn’t leave His children behind. If the Spirit was with us before and we walk away for a time, His will can bring us back. He won’t leave us in the sand.

We hurt for ourselves or for others. Sometimes we get too bitter or angry to confront the issues with love, wisdom or humility, but we can be faithful in our prayers and petition.  We can be part of the outpouring of love from the greatest story ever written.

Ice Cream PartyI am so grateful that this particular love story never ends.

The stars in our eyes my dim, and our hearts may not flutter, but the love of the Lord remains stronger than any thing that you may try to compare.  Let this remaining verse bring us all some hope in any wandering that we may be lost in.

Hosea 6:3 Let us acknowledge the Lord;
    let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
    like the spring rains that water the earth.

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If you would like to see the first part of this series on Hosea here at the Telling Hearts blog, please click here. If you are interested in the original post or more from my devotional series, please click here and in the search bar you can type in Blogging Through the Bible or just a book of the Bible. Thank you for reading.

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