Good morning readers,
This is just a simple title but I feel like it needs to be brought to our attention, yes even to mine.
As you all know, by previous posts, at the beginning of the year I started reading five chapters of the bible a day, and today I just finished the book of Hosea; honestly, I am feeling quite overwhelmed. Throughout the bible there are promises, which I have come to name them “Hidden Gems”, but with these ‘Hidden Gems’ there are even some warning signs, but I just want us to look at this passage, where I found a ‘Hidden Gem’, and talk a bit about the passages before.
Hosea 14:4 KJV “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him.”
So, at the end of the Book of Hosea, we see God’s promise to heal the backsliding nation and love them freely (unlimited) and it closes the verse with God saying that his anger is turned away from him (Israel). Why, you may ask, that God reminded them, briefly, that he was angry, but looking past his anger and choosing to love his nation again? Yes, and to answer “why”, God is a forgiving God, and he removes our sin as far at the east is from the west, and chooses to remember our sin no more; But he is also a just God, and being just he wanted them to remember where they were standing with him in the past and where they are now. God had allowed his nation to go through captivity and destruction multiple times, and his reason for it was to teach them that he was and still is in control and to bring them back to him. In this Book of the Bible, Hosea gets visions from the LORD that Israel had sinned once again and lived in Idolatry and rebellion, but the gracious LORD called them back and offered healing and redemption.
I can honestly tell you, that reading through the Bible this year has not been a breeze; God has been teaching me some things that I just need to take a step back and look at my life in a whole. I have made mistakes, no one is perfect, I have drifted and wandered many times; but God, in His great mercy, love, and grace, pulled me back to himself time and time again, and though I may mess up, he is still right there, waiting where I had left him behind.
Are you struggling? Not just emotionally, or physically but spiritually; Do you have that assurance that God is waiting for you to return to him? It may take a while, Israel is still a backsliding nation, But so is Canada and the U.S. and God calls all of us to return to him. It’s not too late.
You might even say that you don’t have the assurance, maybe because you don’t know if you are a born again Christian, well, it is never too late; Jesus calls to people to go to him for spiritual filling and needs. Matthew 11:28 says “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” and Jesus beckons in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” I encourage you if you do not know Christ as your Saviour, please accept him today. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and he never fails. I could sit here, and do one long post about what God has done for me since I accepted Christ as my Saviour almost eight years ago. and I can tell you, with complete honesty and faith, that God has not once given up on me; but many times as he had done with Israel, I was left to be in captivity and sin, until my eyes opened and I saw his love.
If there are any questions, maybe about finding your way back to the LORD, or a path to gain a relationship with Christ through salvation; I am willing to help in any way possible, but as always, I will direct you to the promises God has for you and me in his word.
Have an awesome day, and stay cool in this heatwave, wherever you are.