Hosea: “I Will Heal Their Waywardness and Love them Freely”

Have you ever stood in a high mountain meadow on a dark, moonless night and looked up at the Milky Way stretching across the night sky?  What do you feel when you behold the immense beauty and breathtaking wonder of the star-filled heavens? 

Albert Einstein had no affinity for organized religion though he seemed in some ways to be a Deist.  He once said “I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice.” 

In an article in First Things, Charles Misner, a scientific specialist in general relativity theory (Einstein’s field), expressed what he imagined may have been Albert Einstein’s skepticism about the Church he encountered:

“The design of the universe… is very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted.  In fact, I believe that is why Einstein had so little use for organized religion, although he strikes me as a basically very religious man.  He must have looked at what the preachers said about God and felt that they were blaspheming.  He had seen much more majesty than they had ever imagined, and they were just not talking about the real thing.  My guess is that he simply felt that religions he’d run across did not have a proper respect … for the author of the universe.”[1]

When we read the Book of Hosea and especially as we meditate on Hosea we must wonder if we have a proper understanding of the depths of God’s love for us.  It ought to make us tremble with awe in much the same way we tremble with awe when we see the vast beauty and design of the universe.  We will finish our study of Hosea this week by meditating on one of the most moving passages in all the prophets, Hosea 14. 

Pray:  Paul prayed for the church at Ephesus that they would have “power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge” (Eph. 3:18-19).  Perhaps that could be your prayer as you do this meditation today. 

Read:  Take time to read Hosea chapter 14 twice through carefully.

Meditate:  Use the questions given below to help you slow down and behold the amazing grace of God for us in Christ.