Daily Devotional: Distress in the family

Hosea 11:9

~I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God, and not man—the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath.~

The Lord compares his love for his people to father’s love for his son. He remembers how the care fro Israel in his youth [verses 3-4] and mourns that his son has turned away from him. Verse 8 is one of the deepest cries of love from the heart of God that we could ever read. His heart is breaking over his wayward son.

Reconciliation_XHeR Families provide the context for the greatest sources of joy and pain that exist. Those who have experienced rejection by a son or daughter or the abandonment of a parent have felt pain deeply.

Jane was just a toddler when her mother put her up for adoption. The hurt and bitterness of rejection dominated he life for two decades. When she committed her life to God and attended a discipleship training school, the healing began. But the greatest surprise of her life was in store for her.

In a “coincidence” that only God could arrange, she discovered that the one older woman in her class was her birth mother—who had also committed her life to Jesus Christ! the God of love had arranged their reunion and their healing!

With God’s help, do you need to be reconciled to someone? Do you need to pray for and encourage reconciliation between others in the family of God?


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