“Come, 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.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;
his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth.” – Hosea 6:1-3
Hosea leads Israel in a humble prayer instead of arguing with God or resenting His correction. As Ezra prayed to ask forgiveness for the sins of the people in Israel, Hosea exhorts the people to return to the Lord. Why? Because He is the only one who may seal us, the only one who may bind us up.
Hosea refers to Jesus´ death and resurrection: “After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up.” Those who are in Christ will surely live through hard times, but we have been given eternal life and have the certainty that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory that is to be revealed to us (Romans 8:18).
In Hosea 4:6, Hosea described Israel´s problem: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Today, he encourages the people to press on, to know the Lord. I like this idea. We need to realize that being in God´s Word every day and getting to know the Lord is a struggle. We have to press on every day and persevere to be close to Him and grow in our knowledge of Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, there are a lot of things in my day that call for my attention. Help me prioritize my time with You. I want to know You more. I want to know You better. My heart longs for You. Amen.
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