THURSDAY 2ND APRIL, 2020
THEME: Denying God
PASSAGE: Hosea 2: 1 – 13.
HYMN: MHB 326 – SINNER, obey the gospel Word;
MEMORY VERSE: Hosea 2: 9: “Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time therefore, and my wine in the season therefore and will receive my flax given to cover her nakedness”.
Denying God is a serious sin with terrible repercussions. To deny God means that one is ashamed of God or associating with Him. Jesus says “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8: 38).
The passage pictures the painful experience of Prophet Hosea on Gomer, his unfaithful wife, and the relationship between God and the people of Israel, as the painful experience of a faithful husband with his unfaithful wife. Israel, like Gomer, has played the harlot, going after and worshiping different gods of the pagan nations around them. The implication is that she has had many lovers like Gomer’s prostitution with other men.
When we do not recognize the real gift- giver and begin to use God’s gifts to worship other gods, we are denying God. When we hold the form of godliness, but denying the power thereof, we are absolutely denying God. When, like Gomer and Israel, we trust in our connections for sustainability than in God’s providence, we are certainly denying God. The scripture says that “if we deny Him, He also will deny us” (2 Timothy 2: 12b). Things are not working well for many today because they have denied God (Hosea 2: 6 – 7).
Rather than seeking divorce, the most merciful and gracious God is asking all sinners, including you and me, to come to Him and be saved. Though the wages of sin is death, God is still giving us the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
PRAYER: My Father and my God don’t let me deny You in this world for I ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Amen.
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