I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them. Hosea 11:4
God had chosen Israel and made them His people and nation. He showed them kindness and love. He would lift them up and hold them close and provide food for them to eat. As He did this, the majority chose to reject Him and follow idols and false prophets.
Good fathers will show love to their children in various ways. One of those ways is lifting up a little child and giving them a great big hug. It is comforting to a child and lets the child know that he is loved and protected. It shows the child that his father is there for him.
Along with showing that love, they will also reach down to feed their child. In order for the child to grow in health, he must have good food to eat. The food that is fed can be both physical and spiritual food. The physical food is for the physical body to grow. The spiritual food, is food from the Bible and prayer, so that his spiritual soul can grow and mature in the Lord.
God is a very Good Father, who loves His children. Despite the actions of Israel, He was working on lifting them up and showing them His love.
Over the years, God has not changed the way He works with His people. He still wants to shower His love upon them. He still wants to hold each one close to His cheek and tell them that He loves them.
You are also included in this. Whether you follow Jesus or not, God wants to hold you close. He wants that close relationship with you each and every day.
If you are a follower of Jesus, you can know that God is holding you to help you through your days. There will be days when things will go wrong and you may feel afraid. God will hold you close and let you know that He is there for you and not against you.
Allow yourself to be lifted up in the arms of your heavenly Father and be loved. Return that love to Him for all that He has done for you and continues to do. He is a loving Father.
I pray today that you will know God as your Father; that you will know God’s love for you; and that you will show God your love for Him.