Because of Israel’s hardness of heart, she will be brought into a judgment of dispersion and destruction (8-10). God’s holiness and justice require Him to discipline Israel, but because of His steadfast love and compassion, He will restore Israel in the future (11-14).
The book of Hosea offers a profound illustration of the way we are loved by God. His love for us is unconditional, but it is also marked by His holiness. Because of this, God seeks better things for us than the things we choose for ourselves. This book reminds us of our need to turn back to the Lover of our souls whenever we have strayed from Him.
READING of HOSEA 14
Lord, I know that Your ways are right, and that the righteous will walk in them, but transgressors will stumble in them. I thank You that when I stumble, I can return to You and receive Your cleansing grace.
Meditation passage for today: verses 1-2, 4, 9