Mark 16; I Kings 12:1-31; Hosea 14
The book of Hosea speaks continuously about restoration. Hosea takes a woman from adultery and restores her dignity as he makes her his wife. When she strays again, their relationship is restored again at God’s direction. The message of Hosea is a parable of God’s restoration of Israel. It is a process that will always continue. As Israel and now the church strays from God, He will seek to bring restoration. “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from him.” (Hosea 14:4) God sends out hope for restoration when sin has separated Israel, the Church, and each one of us from Him. The story of Hosea is not only a story of God caring for Israel it’s a story of God’s care for each person. Though we have sinned, we can be restored. No matter how evil we think our sin may be, God’s grace can bring about restoration. Hosea paid a price for his wife to restore his wife from her ways. God paid a price to restore our relationship with Him. To paraphrase the old song, there ain’t no mountain high enough and there ain’t no river low enough to keep Him from loving us and seeking to restore our relationship with Him. The message of restoration, or salvation isn’t so much what I did or how evil I’ve become; it’s the story of how great God’s love is that He would restore us at such a price.
Oh Lord, You paid such a great price to restore my relationship with You. How often I ignore that sacrifice when I choose to ignore You and do things my way. Thank You that You continue to call me back to You. Thank You that You heal my backsliding and love me freely. Let my life reflect my gratitude for Your love.