Reflection on Hosea 6:1-4
“Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. 3 Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” 4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away.”
As another Christmas draws near there can be mixed emotions that draw near along with it. We may feel all that needs to be done and the stress with that. We may see all the constant Christmas stuff everywhere and be a bit… well annoyed! We may feel those we miss, those we wish we could be with at Christmas, those we love.
As we read the book of Hosea in the Bible we see a picture of the people of Israel who were unfaithful. They left behind the God who had made them, the One who had rescued them. They worshiped the things they made. They worshiped things. And they forgot God, they left Him behind. They valued the gifts and not the Giver.
Here is an invitation for us this Christmas: “Come, let us return to the LORD… “let us press on to know the Him.” He is the One we have be made for. We will not find lasting satisfaction in this world. Even the best Christmas day with all those we love and cherish, even the best food and the greatest gifts will not satisfy us because we were made for so much more.
We were made to know the One who made us. The real tragedy this Christmas would be to let another year go by without pursing knowing God Almighty, without enjoying Him above all things. The One who has made us, the One who has drawn near to us in Jesus. The baby boy who was born 2000 years ago, was the Eternal Son sent to save us. Sent to bring us back into relationship with God.
My prayer for you this Christmas is that you would be surprised with the joy that only knowing God can bring – that only having forgiveness and friendship with God through Jesus can bring – lasting joy. Joy that no sadness can fully remove because it is a joy that is not based on our health, it is a joy that is not based on our circumstances, or even on how our Christmas goes – who might be there or who might be missing…
But it is joy that is based on God Himself – who not only calls us to come back to Him, to know Him, but who also makes the way back to Him possible through Jesus. This is a joy my friends that you can know today that will last into eternity. A joy inexpressible and full of glory.
“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” – 1 Peter 1:8-9