The LORD has an indictment against Judah
and will punish Jacob according to his ways;
he will repay him according to his deeds.
In the womb he took his brother by the heel,
and in his manhood he strove with God.
He strove with the angel and prevailed;
he wept and sought his favor.
He met God at Bethel,
and there God spoke with us—
the LORD, the God of hosts,
the LORD is his memorial name:
“So you, by the help of your God, return,
hold fast to love and justice,
and wait continually for your God.”
by: Cheri Appel.
Is it ever too late for repentance? Is our salvation not assured? Does God not always love us? The answer to all three questions is “Yes!” However, God’s people have been known to walk away from Him. They chase after trivial things, tell lies, and participate in violence. They make deals with the ungodly and are unequally yoked with nonbelievers. God loved Jacob’s clan, but Ephraim’s tribe, who inherited a faith in God, turned away and continued to knowingly sin against Him. They faced punishment according to God’s justice. If this describes you today, take heed of Hosea’s words, “Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually” (v.6).