For the summer months, we are reading the minor prophets, starting with Hosea. Our 3-week Hosea reading plan reveals the character of God and comes from the She Reads Truth blog. Click HERE to go to the website for the reading plan and a devotion to go with each reading. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
The Lord’s Love for Israel – Hosea 11:1-12
God’s Love for Israel
“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
God’s Love for Me | Becky Newman
Not only is God like a husband to us, as the analogy plays out in the beginning of Hosea, He is also a good Father to us, as the analogy develops here in Hosea 11. God wants us to know Him, who He is, what He likes, what He doesn’t like, and what He offers and gives. He knows we will understand this best if He explains it through our human experiences and relationships. His yoke as He leads us is light, not like a leash pulling a dog in one direction or another but with cords and ties that are described as kind and loving. We have the choice to turn away and go our own way at any time, as a cord or tie only holds if we choose to let it. He is gentle and good.
The title of Hosea 11 in my Bible is “God’s Love for Israel”. He doesn’t only love Israel like this, but He loves me like this too. I know because I’ve experienced His gentle, kind, and loving leading and bending down to feed me, all of which ends up in His protection and provision and transformation. You are my Good Father.
Lord, thank You for Your compassion, love, gentleness, and provision. May I follow where You lead today and every day.
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