Saturday, July 23, 2016

Faith Friday...Keep Reading

Thank you tuning in to this special Saturday edition of Faith!  Well, I'm a little over two hundred days into my read-the-Bible-in-a-year plan.  Sometimes lately it seems like time only goes by fast when I am running a few days behind on this adventure.  I'm using the YouVersion app that I have on my phone, and one day this week I took the kids to an indoor play place just so I could sit on their comfy couch and get caught up on my reading.  

I recently read through the book of Hosea, which along with many other Old Testament books, does not get much air time.  As God seemed to be comparing himself to a jilted lover infuriated with the ways that Israel was prostituting herself out to the foreign gods, He pauses to remind them of his fatherly love in chapter eleven.  Here are the verses that really resonated with me...

"When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

But the more they were called, the more they went away from me.

They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images.  

It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them.  

I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love.  

To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them." 

~ Hosea 11:1-4

Ok y'all, I have tears in my eyes just writing that.  God loves us so much.  He is continually calling us Him...our Daddy!  

The thing that really struck me though was that I never would have come across these verses if I had not been reading through the entire Bible.  I've never heard a sermon on these verses.  They usually aren't found of decorative backgrounds on social media.  But if we take the time to read the entire Bible, we can discover these treasures! 


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  1. Aren't those verses so uplifting? I think that is what I get most out of the Old Testament stories. Even before Jesus, God repeatedly forgave and welcomed his people back to him like a loving father. God has always been and will always be a loving Father, and Jesus was just the earthly example of his love poured out to us. Thank you for sharing this message. It really gives us hope that our society today isn't so lost that we can't find our way back to God. He is waiting with open arms, and we just have to take those steps and want to return to him. :-)


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