God's Redeeming Love


Sunday (1/1), we continue the series in the book of Hosea (13:1-16). In the previous chapter (12:1-14), Hosea admonishes Israel. He told them God’s love wouldn’t allow them to continue in their vain pursuit of foreign gods. The reason was simple. God is holy; He would not sit idly by and let His chosen ones destroy themselves without a fight. His pursuit would be relentless.

There was nothing that He would allow to come between He and them. If they resisted and continued to rebel, He would chasten them severely, not to punish them but to bring them to the point of crying out to Him for deliverance.

In chapter thirteen, the prophet continues to warn Israel regarding their idolatry. He denounces their hardness of heart. Yet, they refuse to see that their worship of idols is sin. And that sin is subtle, deceptive, and destructive. And, because it is so powerful, they must understand that only God can deliver them from its grasp.

Hosea’s message was tough. Life was good in Israel, and they had no appetite to hear what they considered Hosea’s “gloom and doom” prophecies. Therefore, Hosea faced what so many face today. He was ridiculed, mocked, persecuted, and the saddest and most challenging was that he was ignored. As they headed to an eternity without God, they did not understand that Hosea wasn’t condemning them, but instead, he was telling them that there was hope for them if they would turn to God, who loved them with an everlasting love.

Today, some may mistakenly believe that God’s love means He willingly overlooks or looks the other way when they sin. If He were that way, the promise of salvation would be a farce. So instead, like Israel, God pursues the backslider to bring them back into intimate fellowship with Him.

I look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.

There are several opportunities for worship. On-campus (10:00 am), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook and YouTube:  Calvary Inverness)
In His Strong Love,

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