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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
God had always loved Israel as a parent loves a stubborn child, and that is why he would not release Israel from the consequences of its behavior.
God had consistently provided for his people, but they refused to see what he had done, and they showed no interest in thanking him. Ungratefulness is a common human fault. For example, when was the last time you thanked your parents for caring for you; your pastor for the service he gives your church; your child’s teacher for the care taken with each day’s activities; your heavenly Father for his guidance? Many of the benefits and privileges we enjoy are the result of loving actions done long ago. Look for hidden acts of nurturing, and thank those who make the world better through their love. But begin by thanking God for all His blessings. (NLT)
Hosea 11:1-4 – “When Israel was a child, I loved him as a son, and I called my son out of Egypt. But the more I called to him, the more he rebelled, offering sacrifices to the images of Baal and burning incense to idols. It was I who taught Israel how to walk, leading him along by the hand. But he doesn’t know or even care that it was I who took care of him. I led Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love. I lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped to feed him.”
The Lord says, “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.” –Isaiah 66:13 (NRSV)
Alina Kanaski (Pennsylvania) titled her story “GOD, THE MOTHER;” here is a portion of Alina’s story:
“. . . I love the image of God as a mother, there for her children all the time, caring for them and sacrificing for them. God is our protector; but God is also our comforter and sustainer.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is both mother and father for us.
Prayer: God, our protector and sustainer, thank you for caring for us, your children. Thank you for images that give us a deeper understanding of you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/