What we did not know

Have you ever messed up so bad you just didn’t think there was any hope of getting out of the terrible situation in which you had placed yourself?

In Hosea’s day the people really messed up – idol worship, mistreating one another, lying, stealing and being violent against each other – even so, there is a glimmer of hope in chapter eleven that Jesus was coming to deliver His people.

“Life seems darkest when we see the reality of our sin. How dark it is in the light of God’s holiness!…But we have hope because we have forgiveness. We know that Christ shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins, … And we know our consciences are cleansed by this same blood. Rejoice!” – Kay Arthur
Hosea did not make many calls for repentance, instead we find a lot of announcements of judgment.  Even so, He spent time trying to show them the way, teach them the way and there were small steps of joy in all of that for Him.
Here is what I love about God – and Hosea screams this at me – just like the poem Footprints in the Sand – we do not even know how many times God has healed us, carried us, protected us, opened doors and closed doors for us – He is so amazing.  How is it that I cannot trust Him more?

Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
    I took them up in my[c] arms;
    but they did not know that I healed them.
  I led them with cords of human kindness,
    with bands of love.
I was to them like those
    who lift infants to their cheeks.[d]
    I bent down to them and fed them. – Hosea 11:3-4

Tauren Wells – Hills and Valleys