Hosea 2014: Day 15

By his help

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Today's Text: Hosea 12:1-14

Text: Hosea 12:1-14

“So you, by the help of your God, return…”
– Hosea 12:6a

Love and justice. Love and justice. In our humanity, it’s so hard to wrap our minds and hearts around how our Father can be so just and so loving. He cannot be near our sin, but He longs to be restored to us. In mercy, He sent Jesus to make a way for us to return. But what about our daily returns? How do we turn back on a daily basis when we feel far from Him?

Verse 6 of Hosea Chapter 12 says so much:

So you, by the help of your God, return,
hold fast to love and justice,
and wait continually for your God.

By the help of your God.We have to remember that it’s never on our own that we come to Him, never on our own that we are reconciled. It’s by His beckoning and His help that we even so much as turn our eyes to Him.

Hold fast to love and justice.We should walk as image-bearers in all things, trying to be like our Father. If He lives in holy justice and love, so should we. We can praise Him for both the ways He is just and fair beyond fair, while walking in the great love He poured out by sending His son to pay the just penalty we owed.

Wait continually.Perhaps the sweetest and potentially hardest part of our return to the Lord is the waiting. It’s refreshing to remember that He always comes, always does the work of redemption, and it’s terrifying to know we cannot speed it up or do it rightly on our own.

But this, this is how we change. This is how we return. With his help, holding fast to His love that saves and compels us, looking to His justice that beckons us to more, all while waiting on Him to move us forward—closer in relationship to Him.

Let’s pray for that closeness today.

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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!

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  • Emily Henson

    Oh I can see it now/ I can see the love in Your eyes/ laying yourself down/ raising up the broken to life

    These lyrics bubbled up while reading this today.

  • Samantha Edwards

    God doesn’t dangle desires in front of our face for no reason, when those desires serve him overall. So if he is drawing us close to him, giving us a desire to be near to him, he isn’t doing it to leave us hanging. He calls us so the we can answer him, so that we can respond. It only takes patience.

  • Kathleen

    Father that You would meet us. Call us back to You. Help us recognize you and respond. To be our Help.

  • God embraces us where we are in our faithlessness. He gives us the ultimate comfort of limitless love. I have been so discouraged lately thinking that I have to “fix” myself or get to a “better” place before God accept me and come closer to me again. But that is simply me feeling defeated and trying to squeeze God into my terms. I yearn for Him to reclaim my spirit. I am learning this can only be accomplished through Him. Praise that He meets me where I am: arms of acceptance wide open, ready to help.

  • Shelby Fox

    This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning. After trying to get pregnant for almost 3 years now, my husband and I feel angry, frustrated, and hopeless. My sister-In-law just announced this week while vacationing at the beach that she was pregnant and those hurt feelings have begun to build back up. As much as I am happy for her, my heart is also breaking because she is being blessed by something I have longed for for so long. Thank you Lord for reminding me through today’s scripture, to continue to wait patiently and continually and that your timing is not my timing.

  • I know I have walked in disobedience and unforgiveness for 5 years. 5 years I have known that I was to turn to God and that the relationship I was in was not Godly. I heard him so many times whisper in my ear that I had a idol above him. I have ended that now and I am working on unforgiveness. I felt him pursue me so long and now I don’t feel him. it’s the scariest thing ever to have so much fear and to feel so alone and lost. please pray that he restores me and calls me back. without him I have no hope.

    • Lindsay Jensen

      Praying for you Jody! God always receives us back in His arms, no matter how far we have strayed. Take heart that if you are placing your hope in God, He is more steady than the son rising each morning. We don’t always understand the way He works, but know that Jesus is enough and there is nothing we can do that is too far gone that His sacrifice on the cross can’t cover. Hang in there girl, and remember that you are a child of the Most High!

  • Hosea 12 | yet again God has a bitter anger toward His people who still can’t seem to get it right. And after 15 challenging days in this book – I’m infuriated with Israel too! How can they not see? How can they not get it yet?
    BUT God – how humbling is this book?! Because oh how often I am blind to the obvious. And God patiently waits to show me mercy time and again… He then asks me to show others mercy and not judgement (James 2).
    BUT God – gives a little gem of a verse buried in this chapter, a call to return to Him. By His help and like their father Jacob (Genesis), Israel needs to only return to their God.
    BUT God – knows His people. Our God knows us. We get up and we fall down and we make a muck of so much for so long.
    And He is waiting. Patiently and always waiting. For Israel, for me, for you – to return to Him. To wait for Him.
    And that is His beautiful grace & mercy & love. Calling me home and showing me what true compassion looks like.
    Grateful for this study of Hosea.

  • Alexandria Thornton

    I’m having a hard time understanding this scripture

  • Documentary History

    great

  • Thank you Jesus for helping me to return. When I fall off and become distant. Thank you for tugging at my heart and making me feel uncomfortable. Thank you for your grace and mercy that allows me to return. Help me to stay in this place and not to stray. Thank you for allowing me to return

  • Michelle Huband

    Thank you for sharing Arlene. I just prayed you’d sense the comfort, help and loving kindness from The Lord. Thank you for the love and encouraging words you are sharing. The God of peace is our hope.

  • By His help… He beckons… He allures us away from our “Ephraim” tendencies to feed off the wind-to precede God, be hasty, live in the brevity of life. His mercy teaches us to wait! To let Him shepherd us and guide us… I want Him to beckon me to MORE of Him! May I only “feed” off The Lord and His daily whispers to me…

  • Andrea Myane

    You ladies have just blessed my heart through the love and support you are showing to one another, complete strangers. The Lord is amazing in the ways he brings us to opportunities to show him through cords of human kindness. Blessing to you all. Arlene and Karalee, you are in my prayers today.

  • This is exactly what I need to read tonight. My husband and I have lost a child and while we want more children, we would like to be moved and settled in a new place also. The waiting is very hard and it sometimes leads me to questioning (with great anxiety) His plan for us and future children. We wait in the meantime and honor and praise Him and how he has blessed us despite having to lose our 9
    Month old 3 years ago. We know his plans are better, but the waiting – it takes much of me digging deep into my faith to hold on to the hope that there is joy ahead. I needed to read this tonight. Thank you, Jesus.

    • Whitney

      Just said a prayer for you and your husband, Arlene. God has great things in the near future for you. Your blessing is coming. He hears your prayers and doesn’t overlook your faith. Again I’ll say, your blessing is coming. I claim that in His name.

    • Karalee

      Dearest Arlene, my heart hears your pain and longing. I echo Whitney: He is near to the broken hearted and longs WITH you. In the first years of our marriage my husband and I grieved the loss of our precious, 10 month old Joshua. We still grieve 34 years later, but we also remember the joy of sharing our lives with him. Hold on to Him, dear one, even as you let go of your ideas of how God will bless you. Learn to live into the blessing of His presence and His unfailing love for you–and watch for His unexpected gifts. He has more for you than you can ask or imagine. Peace, love, comfort to you…..

  • Rachel Younger

    What I needed to hear this morning! How hard it is for me to depend on him. Thank you!

  • Kacey Lake

    He is HOW we return as well. Fresh words to my ears and heart this morning. Thank you for this beautiful perspective.

  • Brendasan01

    This brings a song to my mind by John Waller, Worship While I'm Waiting. I will worship Him while I wait. Wait for His beckoning to call me back. Thank you Lord for calling me and letting me worship you!

  • The Lord brought the song to my mind today while doing the study. It's called "Multiplied" by need to breathe.

    Your love is
    Like radiant diamonds
    Bursting inside us
    We cannot contain
    Your love will
    Surely come find us
    Like blazing wildfires
    Singing your name

    God of mercy
    Sweet love of mine
    I have surrendered to your design
    may this offering stretch across the sky
    And these hallelujahs be multiplied.

  • Kendall_S

    Perhaps the sweetest and potentially hardest part of our return to the Lord is the waiting. It’s refreshing to remember that He always comes, always does the work of redemption, and it’s terrifying to know we cannot speed it up or do it rightly on our own.

    Loved this truth from the devotion today.

    With God's help I return. With His love and justice I am welcomed. I will wait continually for Him…holding nothing back with the thinking that I know best or have a better plan. He is always doing the work of redemption and I cannot do it better than He can.

  • Shandelier

    It’s by the help of your God!

  • The eye-opener for me this morning was realizing it's by His help that we come to Him. It's never on our own.. nothing we decide or do on our own. God beckons us even in our darkest places, after we have tried like defiant children to do it all our way, on our own strength. I am in awe of His love for me, his relentless pursue of me.

    I get really frustrated with my husband sometimes because he's not the spiritual leader in our house. I'm actually not really sure where he stands right now. This morning I see that it's by God's help that my husband will return. All I can do is pray and wait for God to stir his heart.

    • kathy luo

      Oh Lea I can relate so well to what you’ve posted here – working at things in my own strength is certainly my greatest weakness. The Lord has graciously opened my eyes over the years to this truth yet it’s only of late I’ve truly begun to rest and wait and honestly I believe it’s so much more attractive than the working Kathy. I, like you, am most challenged with this in my desire for my husband to rise up spiritually. I’ve seen incredible things in the last year (he choose to lead our life group) yet why do I long for more? My heart is now drawn to be thankful for where he is and pray for God to draw him to deeper waters.

    • Amanda

      I am kinda in that place too, Lea. My husband is saved and serves at church, but I am definitely the stronger one spiritually. I do long for that to change as well. I have not been praying for that like I should though. Waiting is so hard!! I am not a waiter! Lord help me to give it to you, and then… WAIT!

  • Another part of the passage which stuck with me was where it said: "The merchant uses dishonest scales; he loves to defraud. Ephraim boasts, "I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin."

    I, too, use dishonest scales. I weigh my own life and thoughts and deeds and come to dishonest conclusions. Sometimes, I conclude-"Well, I am doing better than some-I can do this whole life and salvation thing on my own." Or I conclude "I am worthless and beyond saving".

    Both conclusions are false. By the help of my God, all things are possible. By the help of God, I am redeemed. I am a sinner covered in grace. Thankful for the scales of the Lord and not those that I create.

    • Toni

      I am delayed, but I cannot tell you how timely it is that I came across your particular comment in reading this day’s devotion. Thank you for saying that.

  • Once again I sing "amazing grace". Lord help me to remember that you never give up on me. Help me Lord to walk so near to you that I feel your very breath upon me. Oh yes, Amazing Grace…..

  • This is a great reminder of who God truly is, He is my anchor and He is my rock. Give your burdens to our Lord He is in control

  • “By the help of your God” WOW! Such a wonderful reminder that I am not in control! As I struggle to control almost all aspects of my life it is incredible that the Lord reminds me constantly that this control is not possible! Lord Jesus thank you for beckoning me back to you and being the one true source of truth. I pray for your ABUNDANCE so that I remember how small I am and BIG you are

  • Caroline

    I am so grateful for today's reminder that our return to God -today- is first, by HIS beckoning. This is loosening my burden of waiting knowing it is His desire I return and with His help.

  • Sue Zierden

    Our pastor spoke on waiting and said the Hebrew word for waiting means to twist into. So as we wait continually we twist into God, intwine ourseleves into Him, His word, his strength, like a twisted cord that adds durability and strength. Waiting can be so hard but when it is done twisting into my Father it builds me up to face what He has me waiting for.

  • “It’s never on our own that we come to Him, never on our own that we are reconciled to Him.” It’s always Him. We must live–be–in His presence and His strength. I must quit trying on my own and wait for Him. He will bring to me what I need for His purposes, will direct me where He wants me to go, will show me what truths He has for me moment by moment. He will tenderly love me and will discipline me to draw me back. Sweet Jesus, hold me close to you, never let me go! I’ll be singing “Draw Me Close” all day today. What a marvelous God we serve! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a_tdG9yM93A

  • I was comparing verse 6 in a couple of translations. Here it is in the Message: "What are you waiting for? Return to your God! Commit yourself in love, in justice! Wait for your God, and don’t give up on him—ever!" (‭Hosea‬ ‭12‬:‭6‬ MSG). I love all the explanation marks and the command to wait not once, but twice.

  • Yes. THIS! It is a daily decision to return to my God. It doesn't have to be some grand gesture, nor do I have to let myself get so far from Him before returning. Every day is a new opportunity to call out to Him for His help to return. I struggle with remembering the "by the help of your God" part. I often feel like I need to figure it out on my own in order to please Him. Thank you for the reminder that reconciliation is a two way process. I cannot return to Him without His help. And thank you, Lord, for that truth!

  • I can't do it (return to God) on my own, and I'm so thankful for that. I'm thankful that He is patient and calls me back and that in His perfect timing, He redeems my messes.

    Thank you to all who contributed to this study. It's been tough to look at my sin and my idols and the ways I run from God. It's hard to read about the consequences I deserve. But it is also refreshing to know that God doesn't operate the way the rest of the world does. He is just and loving and shows mercy to me that I don't deserve. He sticks by us and helps us clean up the messes we've made.

    • SheReadsTruth

      What a beautiful thing God is doing in you, Melody! Thank you so much for sharing with us. We love having you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Cassandra

    As challenged, two friends and myself have been praying for The Lord to reveal to us our sin to magnify God. I was also encouraged today that justice will bring us hear Him. I was also crying out to Godnlast night how frustrating it is that some times I don’t feel
    Him. He will always hear us and then it’s the patience we need at times to take. Thankful for this SRT community.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Cassandra, I\’m so glad to hear you and your friends are doing the prayer challenge. It is TOUGH, isn\’t it?! I\’m expecting God to do immeasurably more than we could imagine through it! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • sweetdes2014

    By the help of God .. I return. Thank you for the reminder to always return to my place of strength, my place of peace, my place of wisdom, my place of blessings, my place of love….my place with God. No other place meets my needs. No, no other place …by the help of God <tears> I return…

  • joanne sher

    By Him I can do it. I can wait, I can emulate His love AND justice. I can return.

  • Laurielou123

    So grateful for this study! I quit going to church a few years ago. I became LAZY in my walk with God. No Church, not praying, and gave the devil the perfect opportunity to steal, kill, and destroy me. I have been fighting severe depression over the past year. My health, both physical and mental, has been in a spiraling downfall. It was effecting my family, my relationships, and my job. I’ve been to several doctors for both physical and mental help. Nothing was helping me. Slowly, I began to realize that NOTHING and NO ONE was going to be able to pull me out of this dark pit except for The Lord! I’ve been seeking Him and was lead to this community. I’m so grateful. So….. With the help of my God, I return. My one desire is to be closer to you Lord! So unbelievable to realize that You have been there all along, patiently waiting for my return. I turn my life and my heart over to You, Father God, and thank you for your undying love, mercy, and grace!!! Praise be to God!!! Blessings to all of you today! I thank God for the SRT team and all of you wonderful, encouraging women!!!

    • sweetdes2014

      Praise God!! With His help you will return to …peace…love….joy! Praying for you!

    • GracenJoy

      I've been there too Laurielou, with the depression. I realized I had let my relationship to God go. When I refocused on Him the depression ebbed and disappeared. That was about 5 years ago. I have grown in my relationship with Him since then and know first hand He heals it all if we just let Him in. I am praying for you.

    • Sarah T

      Thankful for your return! Your story resonates with me-leaving God is something about which I am not proud. I am so thankful that, by his grace, I am back. So glad that you are in this community!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Laurie! WOW-God is doing great things in your life and heart. I\’m so thankful He has drawn you back to Himself and you are returning! We love having you here and are so thankful you\’re joining us each day!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Onfaith

      Laurielou123, I am so thankful to read that your returning and that you know God never left you. Depression is one of the enemy's biggest tools and he uses it well. I'm grateful that you were able to recognize the ache in your heart and hear God calling you back. I'm praying that depression never have a hold on you again, that your so filled with peace that your testimony helps bring others home as well. Prayerful that as you journey home, you not only know God is there, but you feel His amazing presence and that He provide such contentment and joy, your heart only longs for Him. ~ B

    • mazmagi54 (Peggy)

      Welcome back Laurielou! So glad you found your way and joined SRT sisters! praying …

    • Stephanie

      Thank you for sharing this Laurie. It is so similar to my story that I cried. I realized my life was falling apart in every area because I had become lazy as well and in a sense turned my back on God, the sustainer of my life! How could I possibly live a peaceful joyful life when I was turning every other way to find happiness? Returning to the Lord is what I have been doing with this study of Hosea. Everyday seeking him first. Thank you for your story as i know i am not alone in this journey!

  • The hardest part in any redemptive story is the waiting, but there is beauty in it. The waiting is a refining process. A time to ask what He needs us to see. It is preparation for what is to come. Brick walls don't fall without consistant pressure, cakes don't bake without time & temperature, masterpieces aren't developed overnight and crops aren't cultivated in a day. Time takes all of those things and makes them into something different, something better. It is a process in this world, one that God set in motion and He sets us in motion too….toward Him. But all in time, in HIS time. Like a caterpillar in it's cocoon, He guilds us in his loving mercy, turning our once lowly self to something of such fragile beauty. AND just when the time is right, He calls us from our comfortable home and He woos us to a place of flight, of Grace, of forgiveness, He sets His eyes and His heart on us and beckons us to return. And there is magnificent beauty in the return. ~ B

    • tina

      Ah, B, so so beautifully said….Amen….Gods time =Patience = Beauty…..I love it….and such truth….
      God bless you Dearest one, and may He continue to bless you with such beautiful words and insight….with love, Tina.xxx

      • Onfaith

        Tina, you have the kindest heart. I'm happy to count you among my sisters! ~ B

    • Candacejo

      Beautiful!

    • Sarah Martin

      I love your point about the brick wall and the cakes. The refining is a blessing. Thank you for that reminder!

  • Candacejo

    Our lack of patience for waiting can cause us to miss a blessing! In 1 Samuel 13, Saul took things into his own hands. He thought he knew better. But Samuel tells him he was foolish. He broke the commandment of the Lord and look what it cost him: his kingdom could have been established over Israel forever. God turned to David, the shepherd boy, instead.

    Saul lost a blessing; a legacy that could have been his but instead went to another. All because he could not wait.

    Lord, Jesus, help me to trust You in the waiting. This is how I change, this is how I return to You for all things redemptive. In the Name above all names, Jesus.

    Blessings for a wonderful Tuesday, friends. ♥

    • tina

      So true Candace jo, holding fast to Him, and patiently waiting for the Lord Gods plans for me, for they are always Good, and a blessings…
      Praising God, for the blessing that is you, my sister…Love, Tina. Xxx

    • Steph

      Candacejo, how I needed to hear this. I pray for patience every day. Not just for things like holding my cool in traffic, but in life. The Lord has made a "go getter" but I need to be still. Thank you thank you for reminding me what rushing does. Bless you, sweet girl!

  • stinav96

    Two thoughts this morning: Returning is a continual act, just like waiting for God is a continual act. When I don't wait for God is when I find myself needing to return! When I give in to exhaustion and angrily expect more from my kids than I need to expect is when I need to return. I didn't stop and breathe that prayer of continual reliance upon Him before I reacted. And now I must return.

    Second thought: Our concept of fairness is so skewed. I tend to think things are fair when *my* perceived needs are met, when *I* am dealt gently with (instead of harshly as my sin deserves), when nothing rocks *my* boat. The finances are there, my family is healthy, most everyone likes me. But what happens when the van needs several repairs within a few months, depleting the finances, the kids get (and stay) sick (maybe even with something really horribly awful), and those I once counted as friends have turned their backs on me? Am I being treated unfairly? Or am I experiencing the Lord's terrible and wonderful discipline? Maybe I have been walking with Him, but it's time to move to the next, deeper level. Or maybe I've become self sufficient in all the good things and forgotten Him. Anyway, I just need this reminder for weeks like this, when things are not quite going as planned, and I really don't feel like being awake right now! :) If I can't handle this small discomfort, how am I going to view God's justice, His fairness, when the lesson is really big? Have a great Tuesday, ladies!

    • Candacejo

      He can use those difficult times to teach us, mold us and make us into His image. Thankful He doesn't put those things upon us but He uses them for our good if we allow. Without trials and tests we would never learn or grow! Good thoughts ♥

    • sweetdes2014

      I like that thought of a continual return and thank God that He continually waits for my return.

    • Rhonda Elder

      Great thoughts. "Returning is a continual act" Love that and yes our concept of fairness is definitely skewed.

    • Jenny Raymond

      Thanks for writing that out. I find so much goodness in the comments. I’m so thankful for yours today.

  • So I, Tina, by the help of MY God, I return,

    holding fast to His love and His justice,

    I wait continually and patiently for MY God.

    This is my commitment, my confession today…my truth….Holding fast to my God….No place I would rather be….than Here at this point, having returned, Holding fast to Him…and waiting, patiently for MY GOD…

    Have a God Blessed Tuesday, Loves…..xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Candacejo

      No place I would rather be but here in Your love, here in Your love God! ♥

  • I really just want to say thank you for this wonderful Hosea study! It's my first study with you and it came at a perfect time in my life. I have been away from God for quite some time. I found my way back to him this year. It has been a slow, fearful process. Can I really come back after just last year I would declare I do not believe in God? I was raised a Christian, I couldn't tell you how that shift happened in my, how I got to say such words. But I did. So you can understand why I have been fearful about coming back, I've been feeling ungrateful, doubtful that the things I said and believed over the past few years could be forgotten. So thank you for making me come back precisely to Hosea. I have real hope and faith in God's love and forgiveness, you have helped make my journey so much easier!

    • tina

      Laura, this is a Happy Day….I feel a song in my heart….for you…and me …and our sister's here….you remind me of the lost sheep…..the shepherd leaves the 99 to go in search of the lost one…..if you will pardon me….that was you….Laura, He walks you back into the fold,and I, for one are excited for you…for us…but you know as I read, your short comment, I had a picture….of a lady, woman in a misty distance, and although she could not see what was in front of her, God's arm, was always a stone's throw away….yay! He was never far away…..May the Lord God, continue to lead you back to the fold and home, where His love endures forever…

      So you, by the help of your God, return…”

      An honour to be walking alongside you Laura…xxx

    • Candacejo

      Praise God! He makes all things new!

    • Carolyn

      By the help of your God, you have returned! He has wooed you back to Himself because He loves you! He is overjoyed, and I am so blessed to see how He has been working in your life. Praise Him, and bless you.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Laura! So good to hear from you! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. We are so thankful for everything God is teaching you through Hosea and love love love having you in our community!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Maria

      Laura, I just feel like giving you a big hug! I was where you are 6 years ago from not believing in God at all to getting down on my knees one day realizing He was with me and He loved me. I also felt like you are feeling too about the things I said and did before I accepted Jesus but also afterwards. But know that you are not alone, sister. This is my second study here and there is so much I have learned but also realized the importance of a supporting community and bible studies to make us stronger. Be blessed!

    • Andrea

      Praise The Lord & welcome home, Laura!

  • Monisola

    John 6:44 NLT

    For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.

    This morning I will be singing the Hymn “Draw me Nearer”

    This is our heart cry oh Lord, that you bring us closer to you.

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