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“Lord I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup uncertain in asking any small drop of refreshment. If only I had known you better I’d have come running with a bucket.” – Nancy Spiegelberg

 

what a powerful quote… what truth contained…

 

firstly lets start at the end…  it also reminds us how lavish the love and grace of God is…. if i had known you better, i would have come running with a bucket… expect great things from God, His love is lavish and in Him we find rest and hope and grace and healing and restoration….

 

last night i read hosea 2.  awesome chapter.  powerful chapter.  a chapter that makes you take a breath.  i encourage you to read it.  i have included it down the bottom of this post in the CEV version and will be quoting i am sure :o)

 

we read in hosea 2 about an unfaithful wife, a picture of Israel and Judah’s unfaithfulness to God.  we can also look and see our own lives in there.  there are times when we are unfaithful and we turn to our modern day idols, we make the choice to sin and rebel against God.

what was God’s response to Israel’s unfaithfulness?

I, the LORD, will build

a fence of thorns

to block her path.

I will make her barren

like a desert,

and she will die of thirst.

I’ll take back

my wool and my linen

that cover her body.

10Then I’ll strip her naked

in the sight of her lovers.

 

 

this is not an act of simple punishment but a removal of those things that she relied on and sought comfort in.

 

Israel, I, the LORD,

will lure you into the desert

and speak gently to you.

 

God is more interested in our faithfulness to Him than our happiness and our comfort.  the call is to walk holy not happy.  God refines and transforms and changes us and the process is often the fire of trial and testing.

but  oh what beauty there is to know that God will not abandon us to our unfaithfulness and rebellion.  that he lures us into the wilderness so we can return to him.

 

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 5Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. Revelation 2:4-5

 

let us be first love people.  people who embrace the work of God in our lives, who are spoken gently too and who hear the voice of our Lord drawing us to himself.  let us be people who abide in Christ who find our hope and rest and satisfaction in him and his love.

 

 

 

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“There are four principles we need to maintain:

First, read the Word of God.

Second, consume the Word of God until it consumes you.

Third believe the Word of God.

Fourth, act on the Word.”

Smith Wigglesworth

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