Re:Verse reading–Hosea 1, 3, 14 (day one)
“Take words with you and return to the Lord”–14:2
If you have ever had a broken relationship, you know. Words matter. They heal or cause further harm. Bridges or barricades.
Hosea prophesied a time when Israel would return to God. His harsh discipline having accomplished its purpose, they would realize how foolish and unfaithful they had been and would come back to Him, seeking restoration.
“Take words with you”, says the prophet. Consider and prepare what you will say. No easy or irresponsible “sorry” will be accepted. Own what you have done. If you don’t know what to say, you are not ready. The way back is paved with words.
Read Psalm 51. (David) Read the Prodigal Son. Honest, pride-discarding words. Words of apology. Words that accept guilt and ask for forgiveness.
“Let the words of my mouth be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord” (Psalm 19:14) Especially when I have been unfaithful and foolish.