This is my attempt at having an ongoing conversation about the Word of God, life and ministry - especially thoughts on the daily lectionary and the movement of the Spirit of God at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (although everything contained herein is strictly my own thoughts and not the view of GSPC) or something like that
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Advent Conspiracy Devotional: Thursday, December 23rd
Scripture: Hosea 3:1 The LORD said to me, “Go, show yourloveto your wife again, though she isloved by another man and is an adulteress.Loveher as the LORDloves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods andlovethe sacred raisin cakes.”
Scripture:In our everyday interaction with others we often give or receive love based on how we have treated the other person.
It maybe subconscious, it may simply be practical, but we often base how we treat others based on how they first treated us.This may be the ‘natural’ or common sense way to view how to share our love with others. But this is not how God loves us.
Through the prophet Hosea’s life God demonstrates the love he has for us – a love that is faithful, not because of our faithfulness but in spite of our infidelity.
God does not give us love, salvation and blessing only when we are faithful in loving and following him, but rather in spite of our continued unfaithfulness and disobedience, God continues to love us with fidelity and persistence.God’s love is not a response to our actions of faithfulness, but rather a reaching out into our struggle and faithlessness to call us into a loving, faithful relationship with God
Question: What ‘gods’ do you struggle to leave behind?