Hosea 14, Psalm 96


Twice in the first two verses, Israel is told to return to the Lord. This returning is the same as what we call repentance, that is turning away from idolatry and evil, while moving back towards God. As one writer has pointed out, faith and repentance are flip sides of the same coin. To turn towards God, we must turn away from what the Lord says is evil. Just as someone traveling to downtown Chicago called to visit their friend in Evanston must turn away from going downtown to go back to Evanston, so the two actions of faith and repentance are one. Today, may faith and repentance mark our lives.