New International Version (NIV)
6 “Come, let us return to the LORD.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.
[In the past I viewed all the disappointments, bad news, and the calamities in my life as pain I had to ask God to remove and repair. I go to God all the time to fix me. I ask God to make everything better for me and those I care about. My grandchildren pray for God to keep everyone in the whole world from injury and make everyone all better. In the end my healing and health are God’s heart and passion and these He delights to accomplish but the necessary route to my recovery and ultimate healing and transformation often requires tearing and injuries.]
2 After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.
3 Let us acknowledge the LORD;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.”
4 “What can I do with you, Ephraim?
What can I do with you, Judah?
Your love is ,
like the early dew that disappears.
[Yes, my love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears. What I lack is character formation. The will to endure and press on. I need the conviction that I choose one side. The ONLY SIDE that is ultimately for me and has gone the distance to rescue me and protect me, and draw me into love and life and wholeness. If I don’t choose I am defeated before I even start. I am the morning mist, the early dew that disappears. There is an enemy. The only other side. The Bible says he is a roaring lion seeking to devour me. He is a liar and a murderer. He offers the world and steals my soul. Why am I so mesmerized by what this lying lion promises? Why am I buying into the lies he spreads about the other side? Because I am weak and self absorbed and unwilling to be strong and engage in battle. Lord Jesus! Holy Spirit! God Almighty! Help me!!!! I stand only when you pick me up. I don’t want to be like the morning mist. I don’t want to take the easy path of running from pain and resisting the shaping and endurance, muscle building choices necessary to become faithful and convinced. For right today, right now, I resolve to view every circumstance and person that crosses my path as a divine appointment. I resolve to not be shaken or stirred (a little 007 hurmor!) With Your help and power I will live in the moment and make judgments and choices that include You and Your values in the equation. I want to be intentional and proactive with my life. I want to rest in the knowledge that You do Your best work through the weak and unlikely. Because that is what I am.]
5 Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets,
I killed you with the words of my mouth—
then my judgments go forth like the sun.[a]
6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
Link to the above Bible passage: http://www.biblegateway.com/…e/?search=Hosea+6&version=NIV