Text: Hosea 6:1-11, Luke 15:20
“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.”
– Hosea 6:1
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 6:3 ESV
To me, what is most staggering thing about the process of our redemption and restoration is God’s stance in it. He isn’t like an angry dad standing in the corner with his arms folded across his chest. He doesn’t pretend like it’s no big deal. He doesn’t sit us down for a lecture. Whether it’s the first time you’ve run willingly out of God’s precious protection that comes from obedience, or it’s the five millionth time, the Lord doesn’t stand unmoved by your genuine return.
He comes to us. Like the spring rains that water the earth, it is not in His character to hold back from us. He cannot not want to be right with us. He must be just and He must be good, but He cannot not love His children—it is not in His nature. For us, our love is like the morning dew that evaporates in the sun; by its very existence, it cannot be faithful for the day. But not our Father. His affection toward us will not be subdued.
Another beautiful picture of this is the Father in Luke 15, in the beautiful story of the Prodigal Son. If you’re like me, you might get caught up in the rest of the story: the characters, the brother, the eating from a pig trough—but don’t miss the action words of this dad as soon as he sees his son returning. He ran. He embraced. He kissed. He could not be still in response to a son who was longing to reconcile. And neither can your Father, when it comes to you.
So, come—let us return. In what ways have you felt far off? What distance have you let exist between you and the Lord? Let us return, for we can be sure that if our hearts and eyes are set on Him, we’ll be able to watch Him come to us—as surely as the sun rises.
Jessi Connolly is co-founder of She Reads Truth, Influence Network and founder of Naptime Diaries Shop. She is a productive lady, but that is not what defines her-Jessi’s heart beats for Jesus and His daughters!