Walking in Faithfulness (Wednesday 18 June)

Morning Encounter

Read:

When Israel was a child, I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt. But as the saying goes, “The more they were called, the more they rebelled.” They never stopped offering incense and sacrifices to the idols of Baal. I took Israel by the arm and taught them to walk. But they would not admit that I was the one who had healed them. I led them with kindness and with love, not with ropes. I held them close to me; I bent down to feed them. (Hosea 11.1-4)

Reflect:

Hosea is arguably one of the most emotional books of the Bible. God asks the prophet Hosea to marry and love a prostitute called Gomer and to care for her despite her unfaithfulness. Homer experiences on a human level what God is experiencing on a divine level. In today’s passage, we understand something of the anguish God feels and the heart rending rejection from people he loves. God is like a thwarted lover and deserted parent - his people who have stopped walking with him and yet he cannot give them up.

Respond:

As you reflect on these words today – what is stirring? What might God be prompting you to do in response?

 

Midday Meditation:

"Father in Heaven! You have loved us first; help us never to forget that you are love so that this sure conviction might triumph in our hearts over the seduction of the world, over the inquietude of the soul, over the anxiety for the future, over the fright of the past, over the distress of the moment. But grant also that this conviction might discipline our soul so that our heart might remain faithful and sincere in the love which we bear to all those whom you have commanded us to love as we love ourselves." (Soren Kierkegaard)

 

Evening Reflection:

Lord Most High, Today was a difficult day for some of us. For others it was good and pleasant. Regardless of what this past day brought, Lord, we come to you tonight in need of your peace. As we sit in your presence this evening please give comfort and encouragement where needed while also instructing and training us where necessary. You are our hope and our joy! Help us to place all of our trust in you. We can't do it all on our own. Help us surrender the things to which we cling so tightly. We trust you, Father. Amen

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