8th November 2019

God’s Unfailing Love

“I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love…I stooped and fed them.”
Hosea 11:4 (NKJV)

The message of Hosea is particularly relevant to us this Remembrance weekend. It transcends the centuries and proclaims a message of the God who cares to those caught up in crises and in conflicts. Divine tenderness is the keynote idea in Hosea’s prophecy: God cares for us no matter what our situation is or has been, even if we reject him.

The Hebrew word for love in Hosea 11 is significant, and it is used often in the Psalms. It refers to the loyal commitment of covenantal love. For example, it’s used in Psalm 5:7, “the abundance of thy lovingkindness” (ASV), “the abundance of Your steadfast love and tender mercy” (AMP), “the abundance of your faithful love” (CSB), “your unfailing love” (NLT). Hosea describes the abundant, unfailing, faithful, steadfast, gracious, kind and committed love that the great God has for us and for all of humanity.

This passage describes God as caring for us and as nursing us as we lie in the battlefields of life. God comes to us, and he stoops down to lift us up into his arms and to comfort us.

Hosea’s words speak of God’s love and of the hope that love provides for us, which, in the light of Christ, becomes the hope not only for Israel but everyone who has ever lived. Hope for us all, for those who have died in apparent hopelessness, be it from disease or by accident or in war.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for your compassionate unfailing love, and for the hope your love provides for us. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by James Henderson
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James Henderson is an Elder and is the European Superintendent for Grace Communion International.

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