The 14th chapter in Hosea reminds me of a work the Lord had done in my life years ago. I had a hatred for mirrors because, I hated the person I was looking at. A mirror is an object that reflects, used for looking at one’s self, or viewing an area behind. When you look in the mirror what do you see? Beauty, happiness, and joy or run down, sadness, and just don’t feel you look like you used to.
Nine years ago, was one of the hardest times of my life. I was going through a divorce and horrible custody battle for my two eldest daughters. I was giving up on life and let sin take over. When I looked in the mirror every day I saw hurt, sadness, worn out, run down, and the list goes on. I literally looked ten years older than I really was. I prayed all the time but I felt so far from God because of my sin. I was broken inside and out and I felt so alone and lost.
Skipping forward to now, reading the book of Hosea tells me about the relationship God has with His people, aka us. God is deeply involved in our lives and is grieved when we stray away from Him. By sinning we have failed to demonstrate wholehearted love and faithfulness to Him. We all have pasts, we all are broken, we’ve all made mistakes, sinned, fallen short of the glory of God. With all these, the enemy tries to convince us that our sin has us too far gone from God and that God is too upset with us to make things right, to come home to Him. What a blessing it is to know our God is relentless! He has not and will not ever give up on us. He wants us, He wants you! He wants to renew us, forgive us, we just need to ask. Hosea 14:1-2 says…
‘Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for your sins have brought you down. 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.’
I felt so stuck in my sin, like I was on a spiral roller coaster going down. Thank you Jesus, we are not stuck in our sin! God’s word has instructed us in Hosea 14:1-2 to return to the Lord our God and repent. The dictionary definition of repent is to turn from sin. God stands ready to forgive and restore all those who turn to Him in repentance. Turning from sin gives Jesus the chance He died to have to rewrite your story. Hosea 14:4-7 tells us…
‘The Lord says, “Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever. I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. Israel will blossom like the lily; it will send roots deep into the soil like the cedars in Lebanon. Its branches will spread out like beautiful olive trees, as fragrant as the cedars of Lebanon. My people will again live under my shade. They will flourish like grain and blossom like grapevines. They will be as fragrant as the wines of Lebanon.’
With repentance brings restoration. God will restore you, every single broken piece. We don’t always have good starts and we hit bumps in the road but, Jesus will rewrite your story if you allow Him. I am so thankful God never gave up on me and took me right back with open arms the second I repented. Now I can look in the mirror today and look younger than I am, I see joy, I glow with Gods light. God wants to replace your broken with beautiful. He wants to change how you view yourself in the mirror. I urge you to repent and accept His forgiveness and watch Him change that broken in the mirror into the beautiful woman He created you to be.