devotional post # 2142
Hos 14:1 Turn back, Israel, to Yahveh your God, since you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
Hos 14:2 Take words with you and turn back to Yahveh; say to him, “Take away every violation; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls what we have vowed with our lips.
Hos 14:3 Assyria will not rescue us; we will not ride on horses; and we will no longer say, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy.”
take words with you
Hosea tells Israel that renewal and restoration begins with a simple act of repentance. If the people only take words with them, asking God to forgive them, and vowing to return to the covenant, God will honor that. But they have to stop riding the fence. They have to give up the hypocrisy of thinking they are okay, and they have to give up the foolishness of trusting in a foreign power to protect them.
LORD, we have nothing to bring you but words. We trust in your grace, because we have nowhere else to go.