Devotional 4/7

And I will betroth you unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth you unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. Hosea 2:19

Show God your faith, and He will show you His faithfulness.

The book of Hosea is known to depict the unfaithfulness of mankind, and the faithfulness of God. God knows we are imperfect, but He desires for us become steadfast. Has God ever called you faithful?

  • faithful, loyal,  devoted, dedicated, dependable
  • resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering

God rewards our obedience, our faith and faithfulness. Faithfulness is our response to God’s character and love. It is a challenge at times to be trustful, full of faith and loyal to God. Faithfulness is for one to be loyal to another. Faithfulness is expected from those we love, yet questionable because of our imperfect nature. God loves us with an everlasting mercy: His mercies are new every morning. God’s mercy is engulfed in having compassion on man’s weakness. But His love is greater than mercy: God’s love is faithful. His love is righteous and just! He secures the stability of those whom he makes agreements (covenants) with, and He ensure that those He chooses also continue in the covenant (contract). In other words, God remains faithful to Himself, even if we are unfaithful. He forgives us and restores us. He weaves our mistakes into the story, even if it is not His ideal will and makes it work for our good.

God’s plan is not thwarted for any reason, or anybody. Things change, people change, but God does not change. He is firm, reliable and consistent in His relation with us. We can let God down, but He will not let us down. Accept His love today, and let the sovereign God work it all out for your good.

Let’s pray:

Father God, you are the awesome sovereign and righteous judge. We give you honor and praise. I pray for people who believe they have gone too far from you, those who have other lovers in their hearts and those who cannot see your goodness in their lives. Forgive us all for being like Gomer at one point or another. I ask you to restore us, and remove the scales that prevent us from seeing how you are working things out for our good. In Jesus’ name I ask these things. Amen.  

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