Afterward the people will return and devote themselves to the LORD their God and to David's descendant, their king. In the last days, they will tremble in awe of the LORD of his goodness.
When Dr. Thomas Holmes of the University of Washington researched stress, he measure it in "life-change units": marriage was assigned 50 points; divorce, 73; death of a spouse, 100; pregnancy, 40; marital separation, 65; death of a close family member, 63; major personal injury or illness, 53; vacation, 13; Christmas, 12. People who score 300 points in twelve months will likely break down.
You have to wonder how Hosea survived the pressure of his marriage to a harlot, particularly since God had predicted the details in advance.
Hosea 3 has been called one of the greatest chapters in the Bible because it portrays the greatest story in the Bible. At God's command, Hosea goes to the slave market and buys back his harlot wife. In the same way, Jesus Christ redeemed our lives from the slave market of sin and made us children of God.
Romans 5:20 says, "As people sinned more and more, God's wonderful grace became more abundant." Or as American pastor and theologian Donald Barnhouse paraphrased this verse, "Where sin reached the high-water mark, grace completely flooded."
Sin cannot erect a dam so high that God's grace can't overflow its walls. God loves the chance to restore a life, even one that appears completely soiled by sin.
After Jesus told his disciples how hard it is for a rich person to enter heaven, they asked, "Then who in the world can be saved?" Jesus said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible" (Matthew 19:26).
Can you think of anyone who seems beyond hope and God's reach? Think again, and trust the "God of All Things Possible."
In His strong love,