Hosea 2:19 Engaged To God

Getting engaged

I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. Hosea 2:19 

Every year thousands of men and women get together and get engaged with the intent to get married. They have known each other for some time and have chosen to decide to get married.

The length of the engagement is different for every couple. Some can be very short, within a few weeks of getting married. Others can be several years long before they get married. At times the engagement is also broken off and there is no marriage.

God tells the people of Israel that He will betroth, get engaged to them. This engagement will be forever and done with righteousness and love. He does this because He has compassion upon them.

Just as a couple get engaged love each other and wants to be together forever, God loves people and wants to be engaged to them forever. It was God who has called for the engagement to Him. Without God calling, no person would come to Him, they would stay in their sin and heading for death.

Love, compassion and righteousness is what drives God to want to be together with humans. It is what caused Him to have Jesus come and die upon the cross to make it possible. He is willing to make the commitment to love forever in a relationship with everyone who is willing.

Every believer has to be willing to jump into the long-term commitment of engagement to God. It is not a light thing to do. One cannot change his mind from day-to-day due to circumstances, as many do in this world with their commitments to marriage and relationships.

God will never fail in this relationship, so the believer can walk into it knowing it is real, worth it and forever.

If you are already a believer, you have already gotten engaged to God. The relationship has begun and will never end, as long as you stayed committed to Him.

Just as with relationships on this earth, you will have times of struggle and not understanding of God, but you must remain committed to it. God will never fail you, nor leave you. God is in it for the long run, for eternity. He will always do what is best for His relationship with you because of His great love and righteousness.

Are you committed to your engagement with God?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be engaged in your relationship with God; that you will know God’s great love for you; and that you will know God’s commitment to you.

Ezekiel 45:9 Do What Is Just And Right

Barbed wire

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You have gone far enough, princes of Israel! Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Stop disposing my people, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezekiel 45:9 

Every nation has some leaders who are oppressive of those under them. They use brute force or violence to control the people and get what they want. Some of these are the top leaders, while others are lower down in authority. They can be found in homes all the way up to the head leader of the nation.

Underhanded wording or violence often pushes people out of position and places in order for someone else to get what he wants. The lives of many people are hurt and often destroyed because of these types of actions.

God tells the leaders of Israel to stop oppressing the people and to do what is right. He is bringing it to an end.

All throughout history  God has always done what is just and right for each and every person,  both individually and corporately. He is able to do this because of His great love for the people. Love compels God to do what is best for each person.

There have been some in the church who have lost the love of God in favor of position and power. They push and demand their way, crushing those who oppose them.

This type of action should never occur. Every believer is to be filled with God’s great love for everyone else. That love will compel them to do what is just and right to and for each person they are around.

As the church is living like this, it will spread through a nation all the way to the top levels. It is love, compassion and kindness that draws people to God, not the violence, oppression and demands that are often seen.

Regardless of your title or position in a church, or lack of one, you are a leader to someone. You have a choice in how you lead others.

Choose to lead in love doing what is just and right for each person. Show the love, compassion and mercy God has shown you to others. Give up the violence and harsh demands and replace them with God’s love. Love will go a long ways and cover up a multitude of sins. It is what builds God’s kingdom.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you and all people; that you will lead others in God’s love; that God will guide you to do what is right; and that you will build His kingdom in love.