DayBreaks for 01/17/14 – How Could I Give You Up?

Is this one of those days when you really need to be reminded of how God feels about you?  We all have days like that.  Today may be one of them for you.  If so, I hope you’ll take the time to spend a brief moment in prayer right now, making this selection of passages from the prophet Hosea personal.  How do you do that?  Simple!  Every time you see the word “Israel” in the following passage, simply put your name in its place, and I think you’ll have new appreciation for what God has done and how He feels about you:

“Israel, how could I give you up?

My heart turns against it.

When Israel was a child, I loved him,

I myself taught him to walk,

I took him in my arms;

Yet he has not understood that I was the one looking after him.

I led him with reins of kindness,

With leading-strings of love.

I was like someone who lifts and infant close against his cheek;

Stooping down to him I gave him his food.

How could I treat you like Admah,

Or deal with you like Zeboiim?

My heart recoils from it,

My whole being trembles at the thought.

I will not give reign to my fierce anger,

I will not destroy Ephraim again,

For I am God, not man:

I am the Holy One in your midst

And have no wish to destroy.” – Hos. 11:1a, 3-4, 8c-9 (NAB)

Spend the rest of this day knowing that you are loved by the Almighty God of heaven.

PRAYER: Thank You for these words of consolation and peace! For all today who are struggling to believe in Your love, let the Spirit whisper these words deep into the heart! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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