“Come, and let us return to the LORD; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.” ~ Hosea 6:1-3
I love this call to repentance in Hosea 6. “Come, and let us return to the LORD.”
As we take a break from our labor on this Labor Day (and hopefully give thanks we are able to labor!), let’s remember to pray for our nation, for our world, and for those around us who don’t know our Lord and Saviour. If you are like me, even amongst your own family you have people lost and broken, hurting and angry, desperately needing the grace freely offered to them by God.
“After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight.” Doesn’t that sound like Jesus? On the third day God raised Him up, that He may live in our sight, and that we might live through Him. Just another reminder that our salvation is through the death and resurrection of Jesus. If we keep our eyes and hearts open, we will find God pointing us to Jesus all throughout the Old Testament.
“Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD.” What wisdom! Run your race. Never stop pursuing God! Keep on keeping on. Get to know Him, who He truly is.
“His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.” God is always there, like the morning comes each and every day. Steadfast. Faithful. Dependable. Day after day after day. He sends the rain our very lives depend upon, waters the crops in their seasons, restores and refreshes our souls, and pours out His blessings from the heavens.
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” ~ 1 John 3:1a