This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant:
Hosea in some respects shows the extreme lengths to which God will go to redeem his children. The prophet Hosea was tried and tested unlike any other prophet. If you think your situation is tough, take a glance at Hosea’s marriage. God called him to marry, love and care for a prostitute. God even called Hosea to love her and buy her back after she was unfaithful to him. That is how much God LOVES us!!
God reminds us of His kindness in Hosea 11 when He speaks of Ephraim the way one gently speaks of a child. “I taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms; But they did not know that I healed them. I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love, and I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them.” Hosea 11:3-4
God uses an illustration that we can relate to, the picture of a father tenderly caring for his young son. God loves us enough to stoop down and gently feed us, the way that a good papa would gently feed his infant child.
For me this is a beautiful reminder that God meets us where we are, brings us along, grows us up, and loves us even when it’s tough! Let God be a papa to you today, for He is the BEST papa anyone can have!!