Day #22

Hosea 2:19-20

My dad. He worked so hard. I recall him dashing out to work through the front door as we ate our cheerios, steaming coffee in hand, walking back through that same door exhausted many hours later to sleep a few hours and do it all over again the next day. 

But Dad also knew how to play. I recall him bundling us down on the toboggan when the fresh snow called us to the hill, where we’d barrel down, him at the back with his legs wrapped around all four of us, shouting “Look out!!” I remember wondering briefly about the risk of capsizing or plunging into the icy creek, but then sighing with relief when I remembered I could trust him. 

How did I stay on that toboggan? Was it dad’s watchcare and effort, or my own? For sure, his. I would have spun off like the last child on a crack-the-whip line. 

We get this confused in our relationship with God. We think our connection to Him, and our safety, is mostly up to us. So many conscientious believers lack rest in Jesus because they unconsciously adopt the belief that they must be the “big one” in their relationship with God. They imagine that if they aren’t consecrated enough, the connection breaks while He stands by, indifferent. Subtly, the enemy leads conscientious souls away from God-centeredness into a humanistic religion where our devotion to God inspires His devotion to us, rather than the other way around. If Satan can’t lead us to forget God by sucking us into the world, he’ll lead us to forget Him while seeming to remember Him through a human-centered religion. 

The Bible presents God as the initiator and sustainer of our connection to Him. He’s the Big One. We respond to the overtures of the heavenly Bridegroom, who betroths us to Himself in faithfulness, that is, commits to us, laying a foundation for the relationship through His own self-sacrificing love. 

The greatest evidence of God’s love is the Cross. Every blessing we receive comes stamped with the Cross. Thank God out loud right now for three blessings in your life. 

Dear Faithful, Merciful Father, You are the first and the last, the alpha and the omega, of our relationship with You. You are the “big one,” the heavenly bridegroom seeking us out, making a place for us, providing for us at every turn. Our changeable love for you is a response to your undying, unshakable love for us. Open our eyes to Your love that ours may become more faithful is our prayer in Jesus’ name, amen. 

“I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me un righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the Lord.” Hosea 2:19-20

48 thoughts on “Day #22

  1. Simone

    Someone help me find this verse and I know it has been so true, how the Father always watched over me when I had absolutely no idea of who he was… “when your father and mother (forsake or let you go) the father takes you up.”

  2. Rachel

    I like 1 Samuel 7:15. Samuel is setting up a symbol of thanks to God for protecting them from an invading force.

    “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.'”

  3. Katrina

    Hi Everyone
    I’m thankful for Isaiah 41:10, “fear thou not for I am with thee, be not dismayed for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee, yea I will help thee, yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” I learned it and know it as a scripture song.
    I’m so thankful to be reaffirmed with the truth of God’s intentional, thoughtful commitment to my all inclusive well being. I also like thinking about God’s all inclusive, intentional care for the whole world!
    He is just so good!

  4. Valerie

    It’s a simple verse, but it’s one of my favourites: “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). It just about says it all.

    Just want to say I absolutely love the song today. The melody was beautiful! I really appreciate these scripture songs and how artistically they have been done.

  5. Sarah

    There are many, but the first one that came to mind today is Jeremiah chapter 1.

    The Lord gave me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

    “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for You! I’m too young!”

    The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too youung,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Then the Lord reach out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put My words in your mouth!”

    It connects so well with our verse from the other day: “He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24.

    I love how God has had a plan for my life since before I was even conceived in my mother’s womb, and that He has promised to be with me no matter what.

  6. Shirley Mann

    I thought of a number of Bible verses that show that God takes the initiative.

    Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” He comes but does not force His way in.

    Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” That is good, since we are all sinners and without His death for us we would have no hope.

    Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” This is really comforting.

    Isaiah 29:25 last part “For I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.” This is a great promise for any parent.

    Isaiah 65:24 “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” I have had this promise fulfilled more than once. The most recent time was just this past November. One Friday evening my daughter-in-law called and with crying asked me to pray. It seems my son was having a heart attack. I got the rest of the story in later calls. He had not been feeling well for several days. She had been out of town most of the week with her mother. When she got back they both went to a local clinic for COVID tests so that they could return to work the next week. Fortunately the staff at the clinic asked the right questions, did the right tests, and diagnosed the heart attack. He was first transferred by ambulance to the local hospital and then by helicopter to the nearest hospital that could treat him. Within an hour or so he had three stents put in. One side of his heart was completely blocked. If she had not come home, he probably would not have gone for the COVID test or to be checked out. And he likely would have died. When I talked with them later that evening after the bypasses I quoted this text. I do believe this was a case where the answer was in progress even before we knew we needed to make the request.

  7. Sabrina

    “Being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6.
    He has begun (initiated) the work in me and He will accomplish it!

  8. Ann

    “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph 3:17

  9. Jane

    “…the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulations” 2 Cor. 1:3b & 4a. What a gift to receive comfort from God in our tribulations! And this includes the strength He provides to faced the tribulations. Praise God!

  10. Kristina

    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
    Thanking the Lord for His peace!

  11. cree

    Genesis 1:26
    Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

    Also Genesis 3:9
    Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

    🙏🏽 Thank You, Lord Jesus.

  12. Mel

    Wow there are so many great promises listed here today!

    One of my all time favourites has already been mentioned a few times

    – Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

    Here are a few others that remind me that He’s searching for me and wanting to be the strong one for me!

    Romans 10:21 – “But to Israel he says: “All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” – Even when I’m choosing the opposite things that will draw me to Him, He’s still trying to reach out to me!

    2 Chronicles 16:9 – “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole heart, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” – wow He’s looking for ways to show His strength to us!

    2 Tim 1:7 – “for God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – He’s the one who can give me victory over my negative through spirals!

    Ezekiel 34:11-12 – “For thus says the Lord GOD: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day.” – He’s always in search of me!

  13. Donna

    For the insomniac (for whatever reason):

    “In peace, will I lie down and sleep; for you, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

  14. Megan

    Jeremiah 31:3 came to mind:

    ‘The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.’

    1. Ann

      After I posted my verse, I looked to see if anyone else posted the same. I see you were drawn to the sane beautiful picture.

  15. Ann

    Jeremiah 31:3 the Lord has appeared of old saying; yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness, I have drawn you. Oh what a beautiful picture this paints for me.

  16. Daniel Parsons

    Can you think of any favorite Bible verses that show God taking the initiative in His relationship to His children? We would love to hear them.

    Genesis 3:8-11 comes to mind. Right after Eve ate the forbidden fruit, HE sought out Adam and Eve.

    Genesis 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

    9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

    10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

    11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

  17. Karen

    This Jesus Meditation was spot on. I was just crying out to the Lord today, that I wanted more ‘relationship’ with Him!
    His faithfulness to me is so much more that I could ever ask for, and His overarching goal and focus is to spend the rest of eternity showing me how much He loves me.
    1 Corinthians 2:9 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him”.

  18. Amy

    I appreciated the message today. I need the reminder that God is the one who initiates and sustains our relationship. So many beautiful texts have been shared. The text that comes to my mind is Hosea 2:14,15.

  19. Vanessa

    Jeremiah 31:33 – But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

  20. Tara

    Isaiah 43:1 – But now, this is what the Lord says, He who is your Creator, Jacob,
    And He who formed you, Israel:
    “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name; you are Mine!

  21. Ericka

    when adam and eve both fell, God didnt sit waiting for them somewhere and He didnt refuse to come at all… He came, calling for them “where are you” even tho im pretty sure He knew where they were.. still, He pursued them!

  22. Nowelle

    Beautiful testimony.
    Hebrews 11:4
    And Able offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, GOD testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaks.

    John 3:16-17
    For GOD so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For GOD sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

  23. Erin D

    “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:8-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
    ‭‭John‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  24. A J

    Thank you Jesus for your love.

    Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deut 7:9


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