That is, the Lord God of hosts. The Lord is His memorable name. So you, by the help of your God, return; observe mercy and justice, and wait on your God continually. (Hosea 12:5-6)
The Anchor Of The Soul
During the days of the divided kingdom of Israel, the prophets of God continually pleaded with the people to return to a faithful service to the Lord. Repentance would avert the tragedy that awaited the people if they refused but sadly, in time their rebellion cost them seventy years of hard captivity. Prophets like Hosea expressed the love God had for His people showing mercy and justice and them giving them opportunity to change their hearts. A clear message from reading the prophets is the character of the Lord God. He is a loving and forgiving God allowing man time to change his ways and redeem himself before the glory of the Lord. It must begin with a full recognition of who God is and what He demands. Knowing the authority of His name humbles a man to bow before the presence of his maker. Repentance can only come from the gracious help of the Lord and waiting upon His forgiveness. How great is the God we serve.
The stories of the Old Testament are written to impress upon our minds the infinite character of the Lord God Almighty. He is unchanging and unmoved in His dealings with man. From the Garden of Eden until the final moments of the earth’s existence, God remains the same. He is the Lord God of Hosts and there is no one like Him. He is the Creator of everything in this world and the expanse of the universe. All the worlds’ man can find rests within the span of God’s hand. The beat of the heart within man is measured by the power of God. Because of this, His name is sacred and to be held in honor. What great thing has man done that he can boast more than God? There is nothing man has done that is lasting. The sun that rises today is the same sun that the first man Adam gazed upon in the beginning of time. The Lord of Hosts sets the rising and falling of the sun and holds the germ of life in His hand.
God’s mercy saved man in the beginning when he disobeyed. Adam and Eve were cast from the garden with the promise of a seed salvation. Through Christ, all men can find the grace of God manifested through the blood of His Son on a cross of wood. The Lord has allowed man mercy to return to Him but this cannot be done apart from the power of God. No matter what man has done, an avenue of redemption is open for man to return to the Lord. There is no sin man can do that will not be forgiven by God if man will only come back to the Lord. The nation of Israel had fallen deeply into idolatry and wickedness; yet the Lord pleads with them to return. Their failure was not because God was unwilling to save them but their hearts were unmoved by the love of a forgiving Father. Jesus stands at the door of our hearts knocking but we have to open the door.
Mercy and justice are the keys to repentance. Showing mercy is humbling the heart before God and acknowledging the righteousness of the Lord brings forgiveness. This is the anchor of the soul that restores a rebellious heart with a spirit soothed by the love of a forgiving God. There is nothing more sure than anchoring the heart in the love of God. Coming back to the Lord is casting the anchor of faith in the troubled waters of life securing every part of our being on the rock of salvation. Nothing will tear us away from the love of God. When the storms come, our hope is built on nothing less than the promises of God. We stand firm in the mercy of the Lord of hosts. His name is memorable because of what He has done in my life. Thank God for his enduring grace that allows us to come before His presence and receive His kindness. How great is our God.
God would not have given us souls capable of contemplating and desiring this holy eternity, if He had not intended to bestow on us the means of obtaining it. (Frances of Sales; 1567-1622; Consoling Thoughts of, ed. Huguet)