Hosea 5:8-7:16, Psalm 91


If you stopped midway through Hosea 6:1 you would read, “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces.” Not the best argument. However, we know that there is more to be said as Hosea continues, “but he will heal us; he has injured us, but he will bind up our wounds.” Though hope is embedded in this plea, lets notice that Hosea doesn't have a simplistic view of God that states, “God would never do us harm.” Hosea recognizes that the judgement that falls upon Israel, leads them to exile, and culminates in shame and ruin has all been done by the Lord's hand. Still, if God is responsible for their calamity, there is only one hope for safety and bona fide protection. Like Israel, we only have one refuge where we can turn in trouble and heartache. So whatever God has done in your life, let us turn to the Lord, for our King alone has healed us “by His wounds.” (Isaiah 53:5)