Hosea 11:4 Like A Loving Father

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. 

2 Samuel 24:17 Show Love, Admit When You Are Wrong

When David saw the angel who was striking down the people, he said to the LORD, “I have sinned; I, the shepherd, have done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Let your hand fall on me and my family.” 2 Samuel 24:17

David had chosen to take a census of all the men able to be in his army, even after being warned not to do so. This was in direct violation of God’s rules. Immediately he realized his error, but God was still going to do a punishment. David chose to let God punish by bringing an angel of death over the people of the land. At one point David goes to God and says that He should not kill the people, but to harm David and his family because he was the one who sinned and not the people.

Allowing someone else to receive the blame or punishment for something that was done wrong is a common practice in the world. Leaders will do something wrong and instead of taking the blame, they blame someone else and allow that person to be punished. It is very common for people to run around the truth and ignore what they did wrong and allow others to pay for it. There is no love being shown.

As a believer, you must always admit when you are wrong. God sees and knows the truth, regardless of whether you admit it or not.

David showed his great love for the people by admitting he was the one who did wrong and asking the punishment be removed from the people. You can also stand up for your own sin and ask God for mercy on others.

When the world sees you admit your sin and take your punishment, they will also see God’s love working in and through you. You will stand out as someone different.

Allow God to work through you in every situation in your life, both the good and the bad. Show your love for others by not shifting the blame to others or allowing them to pay for your wrong.

I pray today that you will admit to God all your sins; that you will trust Jesus for forgiveness; that you will not blame anyone for what you have done; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.