The book of Hosea is a pretty interesting book. God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute, have children and live as an example of Israel’s unfaithfulness to God. This is not what they say is going to happen when you graduate from prophet school. Anyway, the one verse that struck me this morning was from chapter 6: Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. Hosea is calling the people to repent. Yes, the Lord has torn and stricken but the Lord will also forgive. He will bind up and heal.
All of us have walked away from the Lord at times in our lives. But God desires to restore us. He may have torn us but He wants to heal us. He may have stricken us but He wants to bind us up. God never desires that we remain defeated. Rather, He wants us to have victory through repentance and forgiveness. Will we cooperate with God’s plan for us? I hope your answer is “yes”.