Reading: ‘In that day,’ declares the LORD, ‘you will call me “my husband”; you will no longer call me “my master ”. I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips; no longer will their names be invoked. In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety. I will betroth you to me for ever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the LORD.
‘In that day I will respond,’ declares the LORD – ‘I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called “Not my loved one ”. I will say to those called “Not my people ”, “You are my people”; and they will say, “You are my God.” ’
Hosea 2:16-23 (NIV)
Pray: Father, we thank you that you did not turn away from us when we ignored you. Thank you for your forgiveness in Jesus that brought us back into relationship with you. Amen