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.
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!