November 18, 2013

“When I fed them, they were satisfied… then…”               Hosea 13:6
 
Hosea is quite an interesting book, to say the least. The prophet marries a prostitute, under the guidance of God; then when she runs off, over and over again, he goes and buys her back!! I think God was trying to illustrate the depth of His love for His children and His willingness to do whatever it takes to redeem those whom HE loves but who continually wander away from Him.
 
And it concludes with a most interesting description of the plight of God. It goes sort of like this—if He doesn’t give me what I want then I blame Him and leave; if He gives me what I want I’m satisfied and forget about Him! What’s a God to do? Here’s what it actually says—“When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied they became proud; then they forgot Me.”
 
I could make it a lot easier on God, and myself, if when He doesn’t give me what I want I assumed He must have something better; and when He DOES give me what I need I thank Him. That seems kind of obvious, but apparently in life the obvious is not always the natural!
 
Have a great day responding appropriately to God,
Pastor Rich
 
PS “Real Talk” with Tobias Watson and friends. Join them @ 8pm in the Rees Hall rec room for an hour of open talk about real issues facing young adults today. Guys have to check in at the front desk and be escorted down!!
 
PPS Operation Christmas Child boxes are due Wednesday. Bring yours by Campus Ministries and know you have made a difference in the life of some little child in this world.
 
PPPS JJ is still collecting winter clothing for the City Mission. Drop yours by CM, the elevator in the ad building, or the boxes in the dorms.
 
Quote for the day:
“The 6 most important words: I admit I made a mistake
The 5 most important words: You did a great job
The 4 most important words: What do you think?
The 3 most important words: Could you please?
The 2 most important words: Thank you!
The most important word: We
The least important word: I”
Author unknown but quoted by John C Maxwell in “The Power of Influence”

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