God loves you. You are His creation and He made you to love you and for you to love Him. He is a righteous God and sin cannot exist in His presence – it must be wiped out. As we have been reading in Hosea we see again how adulterous the Israelites have been toward God. They deserve condemnation. They deserve absolute destruction; and yet it breaks God’s heart to think of handing them over to destruction.
I ended yesterday’s commentary by commenting on the first four verses of today’s reading. In those verses God reminds us of how He has been with Israel even when they were unfaithful. The problem is that the natural consequence of turning one’s back on God is pain and suffering. Listen to the anguish God expresses in the following verses from today’s passage.
Hosea 11:7-8 ESV
“My people are bent on turning away from me,
and though they call out to the Most High,
he shall not raise them up at all.
How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me;
my compassion grows warm and tender.”
Here is a just and compassionate God expressing how He feels about the consequences of people separating themselves from Him. Don’t you realize that is how He feels about you? If you have never submitted your life to Christ, God is broken hearted over you. He is just, so He will allow you to suffer what justice demands. He is also compassionate so He sent a way for you to escape what you deserve – death. He sent His son to take your punishment if only you will return to Him, submit your life to Him, accept Christ’s sacrifice, deny yourself and follow Him.
Most of you, however, who read this blog have already submitted your life to Christ. Let me ask you, do you always do as God has asked of you? Is there sin in your life? Has God convicted you of your sin? Brothers, Christ died so you would be free of sin. God is broken hearted over your sin as well. It is, however, never too late. Confess your sin. Ask for forgiveness. Give up the sanctuaries of sin in your heart. Determine never to go back. You have the power of the Holy Spirit residing within you that makes such repentance possible. Make a firm commitment today to expunge every little bit of sin in your life. Getting rid of sin in your life is a process but that process begins with a commitment to do so. Make that commitment. Live the life of freedom from Sin Christ died to give you. Remember, your Heavenly Father is broken hearted over you and your sin.