Lately I have fallen in love with the story of Hosea. It’s a story of redemption… but in order to get to redemption something has to happen first… failure.
Failure can cause pain. It’s not the reason for all our pain… but sometimes it is. In the story of Hosea the children of Israel failed because of they did not seek God… the very God that delivered them from Egypt.
Hosea 14:2-4 says…
Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord.
Say to him,
“Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us,
so that we may offer you our praises.t
3 Assyria cannot save us,
nor can our warhorses.
Never again will we say to the idols we have made,
‘You are our gods.”
No, in you alone
do the orphans find mercy.”
4 The Lord says,
“Then I will heal you of your faithlessness;
my love will know no bounds,
for my anger will be gone forever.
The story of redemption in Hosea teaches us is that when our failure’s cause pain we must admit that we have failed. When we do… God heals.
Don’t procrastinate confession.
However what do we do when it’s not our failure that causes pain?
Remember Psalm 147:3
He (God) heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.
And of course Matthew 11:28-30
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Jesus doesn’t want us to carry our burdens alone. He wants to carry them for us. Not only does He want to carry them for us… but He wants US to help carry them for each other.
Who’s burden are you helping with?
It’s true… skinned knees heal easier then broken hearts. They are easier for our bandages. However… God’s bandages help heal our broken hearts… no one else’s can. It’s a bandage that His son died for so that you could use it when life hurts. Please don’t procrastinate applying the bandage that your heart needs.
What pain are you experiencing in life right now?
How can your fellow procrastinators help carry your burden?