World AIDS Day
I hope you will take some time today to pray for people who are infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. We celebrate the advancements that have been made, but grieve that the virus still thrives. We are saddened by the continued infection rate and by the impact this disease is having on our world.
I chose Hosea today because he is a man who lived a hard life. His Road to the Manger was difficult and filled with pain. Just read Hosea chapter one to get a quick feel for the grief of his life. In spite of all the obstacles, Hosea was faithful. He faithfully carried out his life journey and he devoted himself to the prophetic message of God. What does Hosea have to say to our lives today?
I asked the wrong question. It is not what does Hosea have to say… what is Hosea shouting to us! He stands and shouts to the people, “Come, let us return to the Lord.”
Hosea lived in troubled times. His personal life was difficult but his entire nation was about to fall into captivity and disgrace. The people had strayed from the Lord. They became involved in all the glitz, glamour, and grime of the culture. Hosea’s shout is intended to get them back on the right track. Let us return to the Lord.
Have you ever needed to return to the Lord? Have you ever found yourself captured, enthralled, even joyfully participating in the things that are outside God’s design? Have you ever been so caught up in Christmas that you forgot that The Road to the Manger is filled with blessing?
By the way, did you read the first two verses of Psalm 85? It is the answer to the Jeopardy question…What happens when the people of God hear the shout of Hosea?