Day 7

he sovereignly waits while we run

from the he sovereignly waits while we run reading plan

Hosea 5:1-15, 2 Kings 17:19-20, Jeremiah 2:26-28

BY Diana Stone

Text: Hosea 5:1-15, 2 Kings 17:19-20, Jeremiah 2:26-28

 I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me.
– Hosea 5:15

At first reading, Hosea 5 may make you tremble. After all, we can see ourselves in Israel—in their disobedience, idolatry, pride, and in their choosing man over God. God’s wrath is evident in the text.

God knows that Israel’s pride of earthly blessings and accomplishments has hardened their hearts towards seeking him. Interestingly, although God has blessed them with these things, Israel turns to other kings for guidance and protection. The people have decided that turning to sinful man is easier than repenting and returning to their Lord. (I don’t know about you, but this starting to sound like someone I know. Ahem.) Hosea writes, “Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the Lord.” (5:4 NIV)

God decrees that He will be present in their secret and public judgements (5:12, 14), that Israel will stumble in its wickedness (5:5), and that He will forsake them (5:6). Reading these verses makes me cringe. They seem so harsh, so bare, so exposed.

But then we read the end. “Then I will return to my lair until they have borne their guilt and seek my face—in their misery they will earnestly seek me.” (Hosea 5:15 NIV)

The seeking was the point all along.

Imagine if Israel was someone you cared so deeply for that you could never let her go. You would do anything for her, but she continually turns away from you. God knows that Israel will turn to Him again, but they will do so in unhappiness, in need. As in so many times before, God’s people will only seek His face when they are at rock bottom. Like a wise parent with an unruly child, He has to let them turn away so that they can turn back (2 Kings 17:19-20 NLT).

Would He love to see them have it all and praise Him for it? Of course. To be blessed abundantly, beyond their wildest dreams, and still turn to Him with their needs and their worship? Absolutely. Does Israel ever stay with God when they’re on top of the world? (Jeremiah 2:27 NLT)

Do we?

So God waits. He watches us with sadness, with righteous anger, with tender grief for all we must go through again. When we return to Him broken, with hands out, He holds us close. He starts over again, patiently teaching us about His love and our need to obey and be humbled.

Let’s turn to Him now, friends, wherever we may be. Let’s seek His face and open our hands and receive our Heavenly Father’s relentless love. He’s had His eye on you all along.

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123 thoughts on "he sovereignly waits while we run"

  1. Erica says:

    Thank God for never giving up on us! I’m humbled by that fact the more life I live.

    1. Amy says:

      I agree… He is always waiting. Amazing

  2. Summer says:

    This passage makes me worry so much for our country. Idols, human leaders, money, sex…..
    Please God don’t leave us alone!!!

  3. Jessica says:

    This is so amazing to read especially since I was thinking about it the other day. When I was in middle school I started going to a church I liked with my mom. The worship was awesome the messages were clear and I loved it. I didn’t really understand God and His love yet at this point. But I went every week because I wanted to. I brought my friends, and we would stand in the back and be emo, but I was there by choice. I was starting to listen to the messages of right and wrong in a religious way and still didn’t understand His love. I ended up going to high school still religious, dated a non-believer boyfriend, turned my back on God because I knew I couldn’t date this guy and have God (let me mention when my boyfriend told me he didn’t believe in God I got this overwhelming bad feeling like our relationship wasn’t right). This man (or boy) abused me physically, emotionally, mentally, and verbally. All the while I was fighting that I knew there was a God and I was waiting for him to punish me. He didn’t, anything I suffered during that time period was of my own doing. I got out of the relationship and then went back to God, but yet again, it was still religious and I didn’t understand His love for me. I looked for love in the face of men, again. I talked to God but still did what I wanted and honestly told God, I’m sorry I’ll come back when I’m finished doing what I want. I don’t know the exact words but I listened to Christian music in my car and prayed but found another man to attach to and God was put to the side. I got pregnant, realized this man had no intention of marrying me, so I left him. I knew I wanted to raise my son as a Christian and so I started seeking God (after my mom told me I couldn’t teach my son to be a Christian if I wasn’t being one). I was seeking God for my son but ended up in a relationship with God and I finally understood His love and His voice. I’m not perfect and I recently had another moment where I briefly ran, but God’s love is relentless and He never stops pursuing us. I am so grateful for a sovereign God who loves me and has been patient with me even when I didn’t deserve His love.

    1. Starr Massey says:

      That is a great story Jessica! Keep shining for Jesus!

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