Hosea 11:1-2 (ESV)
1 When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 The more they were called,
the more they went away;
they kept sacrificing to the Baals
and burning offerings to idols.
God’s love for His people knows no bounds.
We see this in the Bible’s story which is a continual cycle of blessing (from God), rejection (by His people, displayed through their persistent sin), acknowledgement of their sinfulness and thus their eventual repentance (by His people), and finally blessing again (from God) through forgiveness and redemption, salvation and rescue.
It pains God to see His creation, especially His children, turning their back on Him.
What parent wouldn’t hurt?
But God’s love is a never ending love.
He is always willing to forgive.
Always willing to reach out and draw His child back into His arms just like the father in the Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11ff).
prayer : thank you for your tender love for me despite my rejection of you
action : learn to love my children just as fiercely