Reading: Hosea 1:10
The Israelites of Hosea’s day have broken the covenant relationship they once had with God. Their choices have led them far from God. Like any parent, He is surely disappointed and maybe even a little mad, but the love for them is as strong as ever. As parents we too have been in this situation with our own children, loving them in spite of their actions, words, or behaviors. And like our heavenly Father, we long for them to repent of their poor choices and to return to the ways they were taught. We so long for this because this is where our relationship is at its best, both for us and for our children. God is no different.
With the Israelites and with us today, God continues to ever call us back into a right relationship with Him. His promise to them is to make them a mighty nation – as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore. His promise to us is somehow more personal. God’s promises to love us, to care for us, to watch over us, to bless us all still remain. As His children, we are still God’s covenant people. Yet through Jesus the relationship became more personal and intimate. We can relate to Jesus’ human nature as a friend yet His divine nature is also present, revealing His power and majesty. Through His resurrection Jesus imparts the Holy Spirit, a living presence of Jesus that comes to dwell in us once we accept Him as Lord and Savior.
It is through the voice and movement of the Holy Spirit that God continues to call us, His children, back to Him over and over again. No matter what our choices, God still seeks to keep us in a righteous relationship with Him. When we stumble, He calls out. When we sin, He redeems. When we wander away, He waits patiently, continuing to seek us out. For God’s amazing and wonderful far-reaching, never-ending, life-changing love, we are ever grateful. For all of His love, mercy, and grace we say thanks be to God.