August 28, 2021

August 28, 2021

August 28, 2021

Pat Tipton
Clergy
Appalachian District

 

God is Faithful
Hosea 3:1-5 NIV

5 “Hear this, you priests!
    Pay attention, you Israelites!
Listen, royal house!
    This judgment is against you:
You have been a snare at Mizpah,
    a net spread out on Tabor.
The rebels are knee-deep in slaughter.
    I will discipline all of them.
I know all about Ephraim;
    Israel is not hidden from me.
Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution;
    Israel is corrupt.
“Their deeds do not permit them
    to return to their God.
A spirit of prostitution is in their heart;
    they do not acknowledge the Lord.
Israel’s arrogance testifies against them;
    the Israelites, even Ephraim, stumble in their sin;
    Judah also stumbles with them.
When they go with their flocks and herds
    to seek the Lord,
they will not find him;
    he has withdrawn himself from them.
They are unfaithful to the Lord;
    they give birth to illegitimate children.
When they celebrate their New Moon feasts,
    he will devour[f] their fields.

Devotion

In this scripture we find God telling Hosea to go buy back his unfaithful wife Gomer from her sin. He purchases her for 15 shekels of silver and 1 ½ homers of barley. This was the price of a female slave. This passage shows the past, present, and the future of Israel. Israel was unfaithful to God. They ran after other lovers (idols). Just like God redeemed Gomer, He does the same for Israel.
Today, we are like Gomer and the Israelites. We are unfaithful to God and chase after idols. Hosea took Gomer as his wife knowing she was a prostitute. He was being faithful to God and the instructions given him. Unlike Hosea, today we like to follow our own ways, not God’s way. We have so many distractions and things that can become idols today. Many of them we don’t think of as idols: our favorite TV show, game night, our children and their school activities, and even going to church can be an idol. These are just a few things we can be more faithful to than God’s will for our lives. You might ask how can going to church become an idol? We can get so caught up in showing up to church, or get so busy doing things at the church, that we leave God out of the picture!
How do we allow God to redeem us, as was done for Gomer and the Israelites? In order to allow God to redeem us, we must obey the instructions God gives. We must bring Him back into our lives and everything we do, most especially our churches. We can’t show up on Sunday morning just to say worship is checked off our list for the week. We have to participate in worship and follow as disciples of Jesus Christ. We cannot just be a spectator.
Hosea bought back Gomer, and God has offered to do the same for us and redeem us. God has already paid the price. Will we accept God’s redemption or seek to do our own will? The challenge we face is choosing to follow the ways of the world or God’s will for our lives. Will you choose to accept God’s redemption, and be obedient to His will? Choosing God and being redeemed is the best choice.

Prayer

Dear Lord, as we begin this day help us to put away the idols in our lives and follow you more closely. Help us to see the things in our lives that get in our way of being close to you and what you would have us be. Thank you for redeeming us and always being there for us. In Christ’s name, Amen.

 
 

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