he heals us and he loves us

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Hosea 14, 2 Corinthians 5:14-17

BY Sarah Matheny

Hosea 14, 2 Corinthians 5:14-17

It hasn’t been any easy journey through the book of Hosea, has it?  There have been hard words to hear, hard sins to face, hard discipline to bear.

As strange as it sounds, it reminds me of our church choir.

On a recent Sunday, our choir sang an arrangement of “The Lord of the Dance” that had everyone squirming in seats.  Throughout the hymn, the key shifts from major to minor without explanation, the tempo slows, then speeds up erratically.  The end result is a song that truly is hard on the ears.  “But they would not dance, they would not follow me,” the Lord laments in the lyrics, adding to the misery.

And yet, in this discomfort there is beauty.  And the beauty is in the return.

Eventually the key returns to major.  The tempo returns to something we can stomach.  And in the closing line, the Lord returns, singing, “I am the life that’ll never, never die, I’ll live in you if you live in me.”

Hosea 14 reveals how we too can find the beauty in the discomfort of being faced with our idolatry, our sin, the emptiness of living without a King, and ultimately our punishment and destruction.

Return.

Seek His forgiveness and grace.

Find His compassion. (Hosea 14: 1-3, NIV)

Return.

The Lord says, “I will heal their waywardness, and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.” (Hosea 14:4, NIV)

And the doorway to that return is death.  We are redeemed through the death of His son, who bore that anger for us, and ultimately through the death of who we were before the key change.  “The new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cornithians 5:17, NIV)

Please know, friends, you can return.  No matter what you’ve done, no matter how off-key you’ve been, no matter how much your tune has had you squirming in your seat, it’s never too late in the song to return to Him.

He’s waiting to heal us, to redeem us, to love us.

And the beauty is in the return.

 

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  1. Bridgette says:

    This has been an emotional journey but so very thankful for it and for all of you!!!

  2. Wow. Wow. Wow. Can i breathe now. Oh my goodness! What a read! I.ve been following quietly in my corner. . Afraid to breathe. . It has been like watching a film of badNess, of sin, of faithfulness. . And on matter how the hero tried to who through just was falling on dead ears. . .
    Thank you SRT for the encouragement each day to read the devotion. . I have been on the edge of my seat for the past. 16 days. .
    I have struggled with the old testament as i.ve mentioned before, this one on different, but hanging in there with you guys, reading and taking on board you comments has me realising and understanding Our God of the old testament a lot more. So thank you so very much for the roller coaster ride through Hosea, i.o definitely a better person for it. But most importantly my walk with the Lord is changed too. He loves me good bad and the ugly bits of me…me! Thank you Lord God for the open arms, for patiently waiting for me, for forgiving me even before i have asked. For forgiveness. Lord guide me to return to you each day…
    Looking forward to Nehemiah .
    Thank you again for your time SRT for your time and support of each other. What a wonderful community of women. I have loved hanging out with you…..even if i have been silent. God bless each and every one of you… Live from

  3. Melinda says:

    This last day brought me to tears. Tears of joy and incredulity, that despite my selfishness in hanging onto pain, anger, bitterness and unbelief, my Father has continued to pursue me and receives me with open, loving arms. He will be my 'dew' and make me blossom like a lily. He will give me new life and use me inspite of it all. This is so overwhelming for me and exciting to know all that god wants and desires for us even when we have been in the muck!

    Thanks for this study. It is my first SRT study to join and i will defintely be hanging around for the next one!

  4. Michelle says:

    Confession time – I have never disciplined myself enough to finish a She Reads Truth study – until now. When I saw the new plan was on Hosea I thought I would continue to let other things prevent me from making my quiet time a priority. Let me just say that it would be an understatement to tell you how much Hosea and this plan has changed me and my relationship with Christ. Thank you for what you do for all of us – through Christ you are making a tremendous difference in our lives. I can't wait to see what you are bringing us next!

    1. Peggy says:

      Praise God, Michelle! Way to go! Congrats and keep on pressing on and drawing closer!

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