RE Verse reading–Hosea 11:1-11, 14:1-2 (day six) “Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall.” (14:1) Most of us don’t drive in reverse very well. It is awkward and uncomfortable. In the same way, many believers are unfamiliar with the powerful possibilities of going backwards in life. The very idea seems impossible. No one can start over with God (or with anyone else for that matter) Too much water under the bridge. God declares a different truth. Beginning again is possible! Like prodigals we are invited to come home to our “first love” and a fresh chapter of God’s blessing. The evidence is overwhelming that we should do so. Our sins have been our downfall. In 1980 Ronald Reagan asked Americans, “Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?” What would the honest answer be if God asked us the same question? To get forward we must go backward. It is time to return to God.