It’s been awhile since I’ve done our Hosea study. With Christmas and the holidays it was easy for me to get lost in my own life. To neglect certain responsibilities. To not listen when He was talking. To distract myself with anything else.
So is it any wonder that today, I would read what we just read?
I have felt so lost in this life. Just wandering around. Aimlessly. I have felt so forgotton. So neglected. So disappointed. So let down. Anyone else know what I’m talking about?
You just kind of feel like you’re existing. You’re doing whatever it takes to keep it going. To keep your head above the water. To keep all your plates spinning.
Yep, that’s me. Well, that was me. I still have days like that, but when I focus on the truth, His word, I don’t have to feel those things.
As I read this chapter in Hosea, at first I focused on the lost. I wanted to scream out to the Israelites. To tell them to stop wandering around.
But then I read it again and it wasn’t the Israelites who had my attention. It was Him. His love and His faithfulness.
Do y’all see that? I don’t know why. I could never explain it to you. I can’t even explain it to myself. But for some reason. He really does love us.
No matter how far we stray, He’s there. No matter how dark our lives look, He’s there. When we feel so lost, He’s there. No matter what we do, He’s there.
And He’s not there so He can make us feel bad. He’s not there to judge us. He’s not there to tell us how terrible we are.
He’s simply there to love us.
I will not vent the full fury of My anger;
I will not turn back to destroy Ephraim.
For I am God and not man,
the Holy One among you;
I will not come in rage.
As we’ve read through Hosea so far, perhaps your attention, like mine, has been on the Israelites. We relate to them. We understand them. But what this passage shows me is that it isn’t about them. It never was. It was about Him and His love for His children.
You guys, I have a hard time loving someone who has hurt me, who has betrayed me. When people don’t live up to my expectation of how they should it can be very easy for me to want to seek revenge. To avenge my name. To show them they were wrong.
But God? We hurt Him day in and day out. We walk away from Him. We turn our backs on Him. We give anything and everything credit for the things that only He can do. We call it ‘luck’ or ‘coincedence’ or ‘hard work’.
And yet, He never leaves us. He never has enough and just walks away.
He just loves us.
Because even when we’re lost, He never loses us.
Lord, Thank you for this. Thank you that even though I cannot understand it, I can see it. I can feel your love for us. Despite of who we are or what we’ve done. Lord, thank you for never losing us. Lord, let this a be a reminder to us that you will never leave our side. Let it be a reminder that in spite of everything else, you will always love us. Whether or not we understand what that means exactly. I pray these things in your name and for your honor and glory, Amen.