I will show love to those I called ‘Not loved.’ And to those I called ‘Not my people ,’ I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’ (Hosea 2:23)

Thought:

Throughout the Bible, God forgives his wayward children and shows them his unfailing love and compassion, his justice and protection. We live in a fallen world, full of sin and imperfection. But our ever loving God has compassion for us. He knows that we try and fail and that we get down hearted and give up even trying. Whenever things get out of hand and God’s people have turned their backs on Him, He has reminded them of his presence and then he has offered them another chance to come back to his loving arms, and live beneath his protective wings. Our God is an ever loving God. He loves us all and values us as much as we value our own children. All he requires in return for everything we could ever want or need, is for us to acknowledge him as our God. He longs for his lost children to return home to him and call out to him, in their repentance, of their need for his grace and his all conquering love.

Word:

Hosea 2:17-23 NLT

O Israel, I will wipe the many names of Baal from your lips, and you will never mention them again. On that day I will make a covenant with all the wild animals and the birds of the sky and the animals that scurry along the ground so they will not harm you. I will remove all weapons of war from the land, all swords and bows, so you can live unafraid in peace and safety. I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as the Lord. “In that day, I will answer,” says the Lord. “I will answer the sky as it pleads for clouds. And the sky will answer the earth with rain. Then the earth will answer the thirsty cries of the grain, the grapevines, and the olive trees. And they in turn will answer, ‘Jezreel’—‘God plants!’ At that time I will plant a crop of Israelites and raise them for myself. I will show love to those I called ‘Not loved.’ And to those I called ‘Not my people,’ I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’ And they will reply, ‘You are our God!’”

Goal:

I would like to think that The Lord sowed a seed in my heart, when I was a young boy, which is now almost ready to harvest. Ever since I found this faith, I have been frantically feeding it with as much scripture and christian history as I can find time for. It feels as if, the seed, which was sown all those years ago, had not been lost, but was dormant and undisturbed. Now, in this short season of less than three years, I have felt something growing inside me. Something strong and rich, something beautiful and eternal. I feel that I have fed my soul with the word of God, and it is about ready to burst forth from within me, like in a display of blossom in spring. It is as if it were a vision of confetti on the day when The Lord sees fit to make the church his bride. My goal is to always remember to acknowledge that all the good things I have come from The Lord, and make sure I find the time to worship him and let him know he is my God

Today’s readings:

Hosea 1:1-3:5, 1 John 5:1-21, Psalms 124:1-8, Proverbs:29:5-8

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