Devotionals for January 2016

#26 Compassion No More

Hosea 1:6 NASB Then she…gave birth to a daughter. And the Lord said to him, “Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel, that I should ever forgive them.” Lo-rhuamah means “not pitied.” … Continue reading

#25 Jezreel, God Sows

Hosea 1:3, 4 NASB Gomer…conceived and bore him a son. And the Lord said to him, “Name him Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will punish the house of Jehu for the bloodshed of Jezreel, and I will … Continue reading

#24 Called to Enter His Suffering

Hosea 1:2 NASB When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord.” God called Hosea … Continue reading

#23 Holy Husband Deserted

“…the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord.” Hosea 1:2 NASB We don’t see the Almighty as He is, so He is ever graciously willing to unveil Himself. God was Husband to Israel—Provider, Protector, and Lover. Israel took His provision … Continue reading

#22 Special Mark

Hosea 1:2 NASB “Go, take to yourself a wife…” To this wife God reveals His tender covering. All those who bear the special mark of God’s favor are linked to Him in the most intimate place known to humanity…that of … Continue reading

#21 Rift in the Universe

Mary C. wrote the following to me: “The hugest rift in the universe is the hemorrhage of the heart of God toward unreceptive (‘unrepentant’) man.” And how often that blood-teardrop has my name on it!

#20 Wife of His Longing

The one who wants God’s heart – His agonies and His loves – collides with Yahweh’s love for Israel, the wife of His longing.

#19 Hosea and Israel

Hosea is the story of all humanity, yes. It can be applied to every born-again believer, but it is also a record of God’s love for Israel, her infidelity to Him, and her amazing future redemption.

#18 The Best of Human Love

The best of human love is but a silly speck next to the enduring Love of God. His love is ever moving, creating, saving.

#17 God’s Love Affair

Hosea is also the story of God’s love affair with His own creation – the only REAL love affair in the universe. Human love is, at its hidden root, selfish. Romantic love is merely a search for God.

#16 Human Betrayal

Hosea is the story of every human being who has ever lived. Every person, no matter how nobly they lived, has betrayed God by an illegitimate love affair with the world—with a child, a mate, a job, a cause, a … Continue reading

#15 God’s Great Agony

“…the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord.” Hosea 1:2 NASB We never imagine that we have hurt God or that we can affect His heart. The book of Hosea is the wringing picture God paints of human betrayal and … Continue reading

#14 Wounded Husband

“…the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord.” Hosea 1:2 NASB Hosea is not just a book about an unfaithful wife. It’s the story of our wounded Lover-God, in His agony that the people He “married” with utter commitment and … Continue reading

#13 Everlasting Love

Jeremiah 31:3 NASB The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love…” Creation: all was made by exuberant love. Creation displays outlandish love and proves the existence of love, yet is merely the … Continue reading

#12 Created by Unimaginable Love

In the beginning God… Genesis 1:1 God is love. 1 John 4:8 The foundation of the universe is God’s unimaginable love. His love is the only unchangeable and the final undeniable.

#11 I Will Love Them Freely

I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them. Hosea 14:4 NASB The Love of God toward us is not passive, mild, or distant. His love is in constant action and vibrant force, ever moving toward … Continue reading

#10 The Love of God Draws

The Love of God draws. He corners but does not trap. He pursues but will not control. He weaves yet does not ensnare. He hunts but never kills. And we seldom see that it is He, seeking us for love.

#9 Bands of Love

Hosea 11:4 NKJV “I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love…” The Love of God pursues, arranges, surrounds…always wooing us as the Hidden Beloved, sovereignly behind our boundaries and restrictions.

#8 Love and Authority

LOVE is the only power, the only truth, the only authority.

#7 Love Unquenchable

Love is a force that is not stoppable or predictable. Love is unquenchable. The only thing you can do to Love is…miss it.