Today you should read: Hosea 12
In our passage today, God is reminding the people of Israel of his steadfast love for them. The mess of their continuous rebellion is paralleled throughout Scripture by the beauty of God’s gracious love towards them. We see that God is making his case by showing his kindness and love towards Jacob as a reflection for his kindness and love towards Israel as a whole.
This should serve as a simple reminder to us today of the graciousness shown to us by God. Reflect today, about what this means for you. Do you really believe that God is gracious? Do your actions reflect that belief? What does it really look like to live in light of God’s grace? You might’ve heard the quote by Jerry Bridges: “Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” This frees us from the deceitfulness of our emotions being the basis of how we think we are relating to God. We do not come boldly to the throne of God because of feeling, but because of the blood of Christ.
In the comments, share how the grace of God has been shown to you tangibly in the last few weeks.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice
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Thank you Graham! Today I’m reminded of one of the great hymns of the faith written by Helen Lemmel in 1922: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory & grace.
I am grateful for the light of God’s grace!