For the summer months, we are reading the minor prophets, starting with Hosea. Our 3-week Hosea reading plan reveals the character of God and comes from the She Reads Truth blog. Click HERE to go to the website for the reading plan and a devotion to go with each reading. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
|Today’s verse is from next week’s reading and is suggested for memorization.
Let us acknowledge the Lord;
Repentance/God’s Faithfulness | Kathy Page
Hosea, like no other messenger, gives us so complete an outline of the ways of God and His earthly people. He suffers when His people are unfaithful to Him. He suffers so much so that He grieves. We can see in this book how idolatry and rejection of the Lord feel to Him. God wanted Hosea to feel what He felt so that he could effectively speak to Israel. After his prophecy of Israel’s spiritual failures, Hosea urges his people to sincerely know and acknowledge YAHWEH as Lord. If they would truly turn to the One who alone could heal their spiritual sickness, their prostitution of Him, they will come to know Him intimately and experience His blessings. For He would appear to them as sure as the sun rises; as sure as the winter and spring rains, He will come to them. Even in the midst of judgment, God is faithful and will restore those who repent and turn to Him.
The words in Hosea 6:3 are beautiful words. How God wanted this for His children. How He wanted them to seek Him, to hunt after Him and turn away from their wickedness and turn to Him with broken hearts and contrite spirits. This verse is important today for us, as it was then for the Israelites. He wants us to sincerely and earnestly repent; He was waiting for His children to admit their guilt. He waits for us to do the same. To confess from the most inner chamber of our hearts how much we need His forgiveness, not just for this or that sin, but for our very selves. True repentance will result in a change in our thinking, believing and doing what is wrong and sinful in God’s eyes, to thinking and believing and doing that which is righteous in the eyes of God. It is a deep desire to be forgiven and a commitment to seek God as the center of our lives. It is a turning from the enemy to Jesus, from sin to good, from darkness to light and from deception to truth. It is a desire to walk according to God’s will and not our own. When we truly hunt after Him and seek Him with total devotion, He will come to us as sure as the sun rises; as sure as the rains come. We will sense His very presence with us. Not only will He give us the knowledge we seek, but He will come to us with cleansing we need.
Father, Thank You that You are more willing to forgive than I am to confess my sins. For I have sinned, Father, against You and only You in thought, word and deed. But, I come to You now with a truly repentant heart, seeking Your forgiveness for my sins. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. But, restore unto me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your free spirit. For I know when I confess my sins, You God are faithful to forgive me of my sins and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Great is Your faithfulness, oh my God. Thank You! In Your name I pray, Amen!
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