6th October 2019

God Shows Who He Is

“He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:8-9 (NRSV UK)

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey likes to tell her most important life lessons. As a younger woman, she would wait by the phone for a young man who promised to call but never did. She made excuses for him until her mentor wisely said, “My dear, when someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

This phrase reminds me of the Old Testament prophet Hosea. In his book we read that God commanded him to marry a prostitute named Gomer. Each time Gomer bears a child, once again she’s unfaithful to Hosea. The children are given symbolic names which tell about God’s frustration with Israel. Before you think the lesson is about Hosea seeing Gomer as she really was, the actual lesson of the book is about God. No matter how many times Gomer cheated on Hosea, God told him to take her back, love her and care for her and their children. God was teaching Hosea a lesson about his love for Israel. He said: “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God’” (Hosea 1:10 NIV).

This Bible story is showing much more than the relationship problems of an ancient prophet. It reveals God’s faithfulness with Israel. No matter how many times Israel turned away from him, God was faithful. His love and provision remained a constant. Through this story God is revealing his character. It gives us assurance knowing that God’s character is not like ours. We sometimes let others down; but God never lets us down.

Hosea is only one example. The Bible is filled with illustrations of God revealing himself in love to his beloved children. The ultimate revealing of that love is Jesus—who is the physical expression and incarnation of God’s love for humanity. And we’re included in Jesus: Colossians 2:13 says “And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with [Jesus], when he forgave us all our trespasses.” It’s reassuring to know that despite how we mess things up, God is always faithful. He constantly reveals his love for and acceptance of humanity as part of his character—a love that isn’t dependent on anything we do.

When God shows you who he is, believe him.

Prayer
Faithful Father, thank you for revealing to us your nature, your unfailing love for us and, above all, that this love doesn’t depend on us or what we do. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Presented by Michelle Fleming
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The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Michelle Fleming is an Elder in Grace Communion International and works in the International Home Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA as Media Director.

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