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!
Faithful Love Not Sacrifice – Hosea 6:1-7:2
6 “Come, let us return to the Lord.
Rules vs. Mercy | Becky Newman
Jesus quotes Hosea 6:7 to the Pharisees who are griping about his disciples collecting grain to eat on the Sabbath, in violation of the law (Matthew 12:7). God gave His people rules to set them apart and make them holy. He did not give them rules in lieu of relationship with Him. His desire is for our hearts to be His, for us to see Him and know Him throughout our days. Keeping the law alone will never get us to heaven, and being law enforcers instead of showing others love and mercy will never point anyone to our loving and merciful Father.
As a parent, there are rules I have to enforce to teach my kids about consequences for their choices, but I need to make sure I’m balancing that with the love and mercy that God shows me daily, or they will not grow up seeing and knowing You as their Good Father. But I also know a healthy fear of You is important in their upbringing. During our vacation, You’ve given us so many opportunities to talk about and see both, from You blessing us with a record-breaking heat wave to play in the cold water of the Pacific Northwest and hike in the snow on Mt Rainier to seeing Your amazing power and strength on display at Mt Saint Helens and hearing the stories of the survivors and those who died; though the Ranger called it “serendipity”, we call it divine providence.
Lord, thank You that You are the Good Father, and we thank You for Your divine providence. Even when we don’t understand it, we know You are full of mercy and love. As I parent my kiddos, help me to balance rule enforcement and discipline with mercy and love, so that I may not hinder them in knowing You. Thank You for every opportunity You give for me to teach them more about You!
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.