Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 3, 2018

“I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.”

Today’s devotion comes from Hosea chapter 7.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hosea+7&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“10 Though the pride of Israel testifies against him,
Yet they have not returned to the LORD their God,
Nor have they sought Him, for all this.
11 So Ephraim has become like a silly dove, without sense;
They call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
12 When they go, I will spread My net over them;
I will bring them down like the birds of the sky.
I will chastise them in accordance with the proclamation to their assembly.
13 Woe to them, for they have strayed from Me!
Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against Me!
I would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me.
14 And they do not cry to Me from their heart
When they wail on their beds;
For the sake of grain and new wine they assemble themselves,
They turn away from Me.
15 Although I trained and strengthened their arms,
Yet they devise evil against Me.
16 They turn, but not upward,
They are like a deceitful bow;
Their princes will fall by the sword
Because of the insolence of their tongue.
This will be their derision in the land of Egypt.”  Hosea 7:10-16.

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Though our sins testify against us, there is hope!

Today’s Scripture gives us that hope through the use of the following phrases.  Although Israel (Ephraim) did not do these things, they are available to us to give us hope.

“Though the pride of Israel testifies against him,
Yet they have not returned to the LORD their God,
Nor have they sought Him, for all this.”  Verse 10.

“… I would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me.”  Verse 13.

“And they do not cry to Me from their heart …”  Verse 14.

“They turn, but not upward, …”  Verse 16.

God does grant repentance.  Therefore, through God’s grace, we can return to the LORD our God.  We can seek Him.  We can confess our sins and speak truthfully to God.  We can cry to God from our heart.  We can turn upward to God.

“I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord;  and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.”  Jeremiah 24:7.


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