READ : Hosea 14
“For the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them.” (v. 9)
I was talking with a young woman from our community who had recently become a Christian believer. She had been delivered from a life of faithlessness, confusion, loneliness, and hurt and was on her way to following Jesus. In our conversation she said something I thought was profound: “I’ve changed; I look the same but I’m totally different and I think I need to do something about it.”
Her statement, “I think I need to do something about it,” made me think of the end of Hosea’s prophecy: “For the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them.” With remarkable compassion and stunning mercy God has chosen not to terminate his people with the wrath they have deserved. Therefore, God’s people are called to walk forward—“to do something about it.”
The deliverance we have experienced in God from our sinfulness is not permission to wallow in a half-hearted faith. God’s grace is not intended to leave us apathetic or disinterested in holiness and righteousness, but becomes for us the motive that urges us forward. We have experienced the mercy and grace of God supremely in Jesus Christ; don’t you think we ought to do something about it?
Gracious God, allow me to change in response to your grace. Amen.