As an author of devotions and children’s picture books, words are important to me. So, as I was reading in the minor prophets recently, this verse captured my attention and curiosity. “Take words with you and return to the LORD” (Hosea 14:2a).
A major theme for most all prophets was to call Israel or Judah back to the Lord, to encourage them to repent of disobedience and rebellion, and return to a relationship with Him.
Hosea continues by giving specific words returning rebels could speak to the Lord. “Say to him: ‘Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips’” (Hosea 14:2b).
This is a profound and simple teaching for us all. When we find ourselves being disobedient or convicted of sin in our life, we can go to God, repent, and ask His forgiveness. It is comforting to know that He receives believers with salvation, blessings, and favor. It is then natural to bring Him an offering of praise and thankfulness, a bouquet of beautifully chosen words.
The author of Hebrews says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name” (Hebrews 13:15).
May we bring our words to the One who created all things through His.
He wants to hear from us.