December 1, 2018 Hosea 1-3; Luke 1:1-38

“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.

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Maybe the desert isn’t so bad | guest post

S~ Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. Hosea 2:14 (NIV)

O~ The Lord is speaking about the Israelites.  He called out Israel’s adultery and now this starts the restoration piece.

A~ Allure means to entice someone.  God is going to entice His people to the desert.  The desert has always been a tough place for me, like a spiritual death.  Dry, weary, no fruit being produced, no life, no living water, no hope.

Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years, Jesus was tempted in the desert for 40 days, John lived in the desert before his ministry started.  Look what happens in the desert….God leads and speaks tenderly.

P~ Abba, thank You for this revelation, that You lead me in the desert and speak tenderly to me there.  I love You!

God’s Reckless Love for Me | Joni Tyner

S~ but I will win her back once again.

I will lead her into the desert

And speak tenderly to her there.

I will return her vineyards to her and

Transform the Valley of Trouble into

A gateway of hope. Hosea 2:14-15 (NLT)

“When that day comes,” says the LORD,

“You will call me ‘my husband’ instead of ‘my master’.”

O~ The  LORD gives Hosea a message to go and marry Gomer. God warns Hosea that she will be unfaithful to him and bear illegitimate children while they are married.  She runs away and Hosea searches for her and finds her and brings her home again.  Hosea’s love story parallels the relationship between God and Israel.  God always always desires to be in relationship with us and will woo us back—often while we are in the desert . (tough life circumstances)  I love verse 16—“When that day comes, you will call me ‘my husband’ instead of ‘my master’.”

A~ I’ve read my share of fictional love stories over the years—the theme is usually the same, the guy and girl meet, a problem or misunderstanding happens (always the guys fault) they break up and in the end, he woos her back and they live happily ever after.   This love story is different and it really tugs at my heart strings . Gomer is the “bad girl” who takes Hosea’s love for granted. She is selfish, discontent, sexually promiscuous  and unfaithful to her husband.  He still loves her!!!! He still wants her and woos her back. His love for her turns her heart of stone into tenderness.  Gomer eventually calls Hosea her husband and loves him with her whole heart.  She no longer serves him out of duty  but because she deeply loves him.

Oh how God loves you and me!!!!  He desires me to be in a deep intimate relationship with Him, not simply obey His rules .  I feel shame that I so often take this love for granted.  I don’t deserve this love… still, He never. stops. pursuing.  me.  It reminds me of this song by Cory Asbury.  The below link is long because it gives extra scripture and explanation about God’s unending love for us.

P~ Abba Father, I desire you to be my burning passion, please give me clarity about what idols are in my life that keep me from getting closer to You. Thank You for always pursuing my heart, even when I wander.  I love You.

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