Hosea 11:1-4 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. But the more they were called, the more they went away from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images. It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.
This passage of Scripture moves me to the heart of God. I clearly see that what God wants from me is to come to him. He is calling to his child, “come to me”. Jesus said, “Come to me”. He wants me to come every day into his presence. He wants to hear what I have to say, and he wants me to hear his words for me. However, I often go off on my own way and ignore his call.
Forgetting to come to Jesus every day is indicative of my human frailty. I go on my way feeling unloved and unwanted falling for the devil’s lies. I forget that the reason Jesus calls me is because he loves me.
I find it very comforting to know that Jesus won’t condemn me, but he will always reach out to me when I come to him. Thank you Jesus! I am so rewarded when I answer his call. I gain peace and perspective just by being in his presence.