9Who is wise? Let them realize these things.
Who is discerning? Let them understand.
The ways of the Lord are right;
the righteous walk in them,
but the rebellious stumble in them. (Hosea 14:9)
Good morning Family! Today’s reading closes out the first book of three for the month. The Prophet Hosea writes that God will once again forgive and restore His chosen people, as long as the Israelites “return to the Lord.” No matter how great the sin, God will always forgive and restore, if true repentance is in a person’s heart.
This is not a free pass to keep sinning. God restores the broken and the sinner when they make a full commitment to living a righteous life. The problem with us people is we are a rebellious bunch. We hate rules, we hate mandates, we hate being told what to do. The Old Testament was full of rules. How to worship, the enormous amounts of animals you had to sacrifice to atone for your mistakes, who you could love, what you could eat. Jesus came to live among humanity to make it much simpler to live righteously. Jesus said Love God and Love People, that all the commandments would be fulfilled with those two commands. But we still struggle with that.
We drove down to Florida from Savannah over the weekend. When we got on I-75 southbound from Ocala to the Bradenton/Sarasota area, I could not believe the way people were driving. Cars zipping in and out of traffic, exceeding the speed limit by at least 20 to 30 mph, putting them travelling at 90-100 mph. At speeds like that, it takes one simple misjudged lane change to cause a massive accident. We are so wrapped up in ourselves that we don’t realize the damage we are on the verge of causing. We go, go, go, at an unhealthy pace, never considering the lives we are rushing by, the lives we could destroy when our incessant drive collides with another. We need to slow down. We need to pump the brakes. Be slow to anger, slow to speak. Slow down and enjoy this beautiful life God has created for us. Slow down and let the discord that is destroying America dissipate and perhaps one day disappear. Slow down America, stop racing toward the wrong finish line. The race we should be running is to make the world a better place, to show and share the love of Jesus Christ, and to store our treasures in Heaven, not here on Earth.
That’s my venting. Everytime we travel to Florida, the racetrack that is I-75 frustrates me and is an obvious example of how we race through this life. Let’s slow down and work at making lasting change in this world. Slow down and soak in the moment. Slow down and enjoy the music, like this new single from Sanctus Real.
Reading plan: 1 Peter 2:1-10
Deeper reading plan: Hosea 14