Scripture: Hosea 13.
(What is God saying here?)
Hosea 13:4-6 (NLT)
4 “I have been the LORD your God ever since I brought you out of Egypt. You must acknowledge no God but me, for there is no other savior.
5 I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land.
6 But when you had eaten and were satisfied, you became proud and forgot me.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
How it must disappoint God to look on us and our hardened hearts, after all that He has done for us and brought us through. Friends, I want you to think with me a moment about the great sacrifice made just for us when God allowed His only Son, Jesus, to hang on a cross, especially designed for criminals. Imagine allowing Him to hang there while being mocked and spit upon, and then to see Him die. Think about the prayers that have been answered for us, and on our behalf. Think about the close calls we have had with death, yet the protecting hand of God kept us safe and allowed us to carry on with life. Think about how it must sadden God when His children, to whom He has been so faithful, find so many excuses why they won’t accept Him as their Lord and Savior, why they can’t get up on Sunday mornings to join other believers in worship to our Master, think about how opposing our ungrateful hearts are, in response to all the great things that God has done for us. Verse 6 sums it up so accurately, we soak up the blessings, then we become proud and turn away. Friends, you are able to read this because God has given you another opportunity today to change your course of action. Our proper response to this type of reminder, is to turn (back) to God, ask His forgiveness, ask for strength to overcome our weaknesses and to live a life of obedience to Him through developing a daily relationship with Him. Can you commit to this today? Would you like the prayers of a brother in Christ to help you through this critical decision time? Please contact me using the email below and I will gladly confirm my support.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord Jesus, who am I that You should die for me and go on doing so much for? Thank You for Your unlimited love and sacrifice. Please touch my life daily and help me to avoid the selfish desires of my heart, while constantly focusing on improving and strengthening the relationship I have with You. Please soften the hearts of those that will read this devotional today and allow them to overcome the evil desires of this world and, instead commit to a closer walk with You.
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