Wednesday 19 October 2011
Our God is a gracious and loving God. While He is also holy and righteous who will one day come and judge the nations, separating the sheep from the goat, until then, His grace is truly amazing. In Hosea chapter 11, the Lord said, “My people are determined to turn from me. Even if they call to the Most High, he will be no means exalt them.” He had decided not to respond to them even if they were to call on Him. He was angry with their headstrong sinfulness. However, within the next breath, the Lord said, “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within me, all my compassion is aroused.” God appeared to be struggling with His earlier decision and He spoke like a human being with intense emotions saying, “how can I, how can I, how can I?” He went on to say that He will not carry out the judgment He pronounced earlier. He also spoke of how His people will one day return to Him. This is our God – and He is still the same today! This is grace amidst disobedience. As you begin your day today, take time to give thanks to God for His amazing grace, and go about your day embracing and dispensing the grace you have received from above. Have a great day!
“”How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.” (Hos.11:8)
Pastor Barnabas Chong
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