Rev. Ray's October 07, 2021 Devotion
October 7, 2021, 8:51 AM

It is true that many of the songs and hymns that comfort us first came from hurting hearts. We are called to comfort others with the same comfort that we have received from the hands of God. The same is true with hope. Few people can communicate hope like those who once felt hopelessness in their own lives.

The Old Testament prophet Hosea was different from the others. He seemed to be more forgiving and redeeming in his messages. It was as though he had a gospel before the Gospels. His was the story of a prodigal daughter and a prodigal nation. He went through unspeakable sorrow; and saw how dark and troubled the times were.

Hosea knew what it was to give all his love to someone who would only hurt him in return. He had married a woman that he knew would eventually betray his trust. There is an old country song that says, “I can’t stop loving you.” It could have been his song; and it is a song that God can sing. As Paul wrote, “Love never ends.”

Hosea gave us a picture of a God who is a lover and redeemer. He knew what he was getting into when he created this world; and he knew who he was, and what loving the world would cost him.

The Savior was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. The Bibles says that Christ can empathize with our weaknesses because he has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

“Love sent my Savior to die in my stead;
Why should He love me so?
Meekly to Calvary's cross He was led;
Why should He love me so?”

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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