Nature has gone on a rampage. Destructive hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes and wildfires plague our nation and the world. Will there ever be a time when Ella Fitzgerald gets it right?
“Blue skies smilin’ at me
Nothin’ but blue skies do I see
Bluebirds singin’ a song
Nothin’ but bluebirds all day long.”
The LORD was right about the devastating judgment he predicted would fall against the Northern Kingdom of Israel more than seven hundred years before Jesus came to earth. But Hosea didn’t see only judgment, a judgment that caused nature itself to be chaotic, crazy, and deadly. He also saw a new Day when the rain would come gently at just the right time for the crops, and those God rejected and the names of Hosea’s children expressing judgment would be changed into declarations of salvation.
“And in that Day I will respond, says the LORD. I will respond to the heavens and they will respond to the earth. The earth will respond generating the grain, the new wine and oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. I will plant her for myself in the land, and I will have parental compassion upon ‘Not my loved one’ and I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ you are ‘my people.’ And they will respond, ‘My God.’” Hosea 2:24-25
This utopian vision of a New Day is the inspired message of the Jewish prophets. It’s a time when God will overcome the chaos of the deep introduced in Genesis 1:2, the devastating floodwaters of Genesis 6, and the groaning of nature Paul speaks about in Romans 8 with blue skies and sunny days that will be more than the wishful dreams of an incredible jazz singer.
LORD, give us a glimpse of this final Day of restoration. Thank you that in Jesus we can already know that we are your people and revel today in your parental compassion.
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