Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Daily reading: Hosea 11:1-9
Tuesday November 17, 2015
Focus passage: Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up in my arms, but they did not know that I healed them. Hosea 11:3
We are flooded with images of a good parent in this passage of scripture. Hosea makes it tactile and real in his description. Through the prophet’s voice we hear God speaking in real terms that we can relate to. We hear of a parent caring for their young child by carefully teaching them to walk, by holding them in their arms, healing them, and hugging them so close that their cheeks touch together, then bending down and feeding them.
We see a parent trying to protect their child from the dangers of the world. Putting plastic plugs in the outlets and setting up safety gates, purchasing car seats with a five point harnesses, putting poisonous chemicals out of arms reach, spending time observing their growing child and trying to be at least one step ahead of them. This is in no way a passive parent sitting on the couch as the child explores his or her surroundings unsupervised.
Do you believe that God has your best interest in heart?
How have you experienced God’s loving care in your own life?
Prayer: God help me to place you more fully in the center of my life. Help me to be filled with your deep abiding steadfast love and care. Amen.
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