Return To God and Wait Patiently For Him

You must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. – Hosea 12:6

We do a lot of work with people who have life controlling behaviors. One characteristic that seems to be common among them is the need for instant gratification. Whether the controlling behavior is drugs, alcohol, anger, or sexual habits, the tendency to need instant gratification affects their ability to have a consistent walk.

We look at those whose “shortcomings” that are obvious for all to see and think that they just need to make up their mind to live right. But when we stand before the mirror of God’s law we can see our own need to make up our mind on the issues that affect our faith walk.

In this passage God is calling Israel back to himself and today he is making the same call to all who will listen. The most common sin that Israel committed was that they did not wait patiently for God to reveal his will. They were constantly faced with difficult situations that demanded action and instead of waiting to hear what the Lord would say they resorted to their own resources.
People have not changed that much and we tend to do the same thing today. When we are faced with the immediacy of the need coupled with our own tendency to need instant satisfaction, it becomes very easy to trust our own instincts instead of waiting upon the Lord. When we have done that all is not lost, but we, like Israel, must return to the Lord and wait upon him.

This passage is calling us to transcend human tendencies and learn God’s way. We are called to do three things; maintain love, maintain justice, and wait for God.

It doesn’t seem that hard to maintain justice, but justice tends to get skewed when viewed through the eyes of those who have been mistreated by others.
Love and justice can only be maintained as we patiently wait upon the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to patiently wait on you to reveal your love and justice through me. In Jesus name, amen.

Principle: You must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.

Affirmation: I know that love and justice can only be maintained so I have purposed to turn my heart toward God and wait patiently upon him.

Reflection: Israel often wandered away from God because they did not see his hand in their daily life. The result was that they lost favor with God. What happens when we do not see the hand of the Lord in our daily life? Reflect on how to maintain that daily contact with him.

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