FOR MONDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Hosea 14:1-9
“Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.” (Hosea 14:1; New Revised Standard Version)
In a sermon on this passage, Doug Goins made a confession which hit way too close to home for me. This is what he said: “I must tell you that I know what it’s like to wander away from God. It still happens to me, even though I’m fifty years old and a pastor in a good church. At times unconsciously, I drift away through busyness or inattention to him. It is possible to do religious work, even teach the Bible and preach, on “autopilot.” So I end up neglecting prayer . . ., and I ratchet up the hard-work index or the common-sense quotient. Then finally I’m jarred into the reality that I’ve been leaning on my own understanding and not the Lord’s.” [“How To Return To The Lord”]
Today is a good day to awaken my senses to the call of God and return to having a right relationship with the only one who can bring hope and peace and direction to my life.
Prayer: This is a new day that you have given me, Lord. Joy is found this morning in my heart as I return to you in prayer. Amen.