HOPE FOR A FUTURE (Hosea 14:4–8)

In the stunning conclusion to the book of Hosea, God puts the exclamation mark on his intention for his people, the chosen ones of God: he has chosen to redeem them despite their blatant rebellion. When Israel returns to God, he will not turn away from them as they deserve, but will rather provide healing and a home for them with himself, allowing them to once again belong to him; they will put their roots down in him and be fruitful because of his care and compassion to them. Instead of cutting them off forever, God will give them a beautiful future with him as his people.

There is perhaps no better parallel than one that comes from the prophet Jeremiah, although it came over a century later. It also reveals God’s heart and purpose for his people in the midst of their struggle, and reminds them of the hope only he can provide: “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ ” (Jer 29:11). God reminded his people continually of his love throughout their trials, assuring them that when they repented and sought him, he would bring them back to himself. This is shown in the most ultimate way through Jesus—who is “the way and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6). Jesus gives those who will trust in him the best hope: everlasting life with him.

Jesus, thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for having a plan for my life. I ask that your will be done in my life, starting right now. Amen.

Taken from NIV The Jesus Bible

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