Read: Hosea 10:9-15

The book of Hosea is the story of God’s faithful love for His unfaithful people. The Lord commanded Hosea to marry a woman who would break her marriage vows and bring sorrow to him (Hosea 1:2-3). After she abandoned Hosea for other men, the Lord told him to take her back. This was a picture of “the love of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods” (Hosea 3:1).

Later, Hosea was called upon to tell the Israelites that because of their rebellion against the Lord, they would be carried away into captivity by a foreign power. Hosea 10:14 says, “Tumult shall arise among your people, and all your fortresses shall be plundered.” Yet in the midst of their sin and punishment, the grace of God towards His people continued to flow. “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you” (Hosea 10:12).

Even when we have “plowed wickedness” and “reaped iniquity” (Hosea 10:13), God does not stop loving us. Whatever our situation today, we can turn to the Lord and find forgiveness to make a fresh start. God’s love never fails.

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