Ever feel far from God? Feel that you need to return to Him, but you aren’t sure that He will take you back? Feel that God is actually the one who has struck you down? Congratulations, you are not alone. The prophet Hosea wrote to people who felt the same way (his wife included…she ran away into prostitution and wasn’t sure Hosea would ever take her back).
If this describes you, be encouraged! Note the encouragement in Hosea 6:1. C”ome, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.” Yes, God may have struck you down, but it was for discipline and He longs to take you back. He will heal and bind you up if you only return to Him. Most of us don’t think this way though. Our thought process says that if we walked away from God He will forever walk away from us. That’s only fair. However, we need to renew our minds and think differently. We need to think the way the LORD thinks. Note His encouragement in Isaiah 55:6-8.
“Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.”
God’s thinks differently from us. Isn’t that awesome? He wants us to return to Him, and He will have compassion on us.
Do you need God’s compassion and mercy today? All you have to do is ask.