Hosea’s plea to Israel to repent and follow God is a word that is current for us today.
Return to the Lord your God, people of Israel. Your sin has made you stumble and fall. Return to the Lord, and let this prayer be your offering to him: “Forgive all our sins and accept our prayer, and we will praise you as we have promised. Assyria can never save us, and war horses cannot protect us. We will never again say to our idols that they are our God. O Lord, you show mercy to those who have no one else to turn to.” Hosea 14:1-3, GNB.
We all make mistakes, in fact we are sinners and we are in need of help, so how good is it to know that God promises to forgive His people. We have a God who cares. Note these verses that indicate the heart of God as He speaks to the people in exile. These beautiful verses are also applicable for us today.
The Lord says, “I will bring my people back to me. I will love them with all my heart; no longer am I angry with them. I will be to the people of Israel like rain in
a dry land. They will blossom like flowers; they will be firmly rooted like the trees of Lebanon. They will be alive with new growth, and beautiful like olive trees. They will be fragrant like the cedars of Lebanon. Once again they will live under my protection. They will grow crops of grain and be fruitful like a vineyard. They will be as famous as the wine of Lebanon. The people of Israel will have nothing more to do with idols; I will answer their prayers and take care of them. Like an evergreen tree I will shelter them; I am the source of all their blessings.”
Hosea 14:4-8, GNB