Hosea 2:1-23. Hosea authors his book during the final dreadful days when Israel is close to going into exile. He compares God as the husband and Israel as the no longer loving or faithful wife. God will block her way when she will not be able to find her lovers (2:6-7). God will love her and win her back. He will show His unfailing love and compassion. As unfaithful as Israel has been, God still shows Israel they are still His people.

Even as they are close to exile, God gives Israel hope and wants to build a relationship with them, forgive them and be faithful to Him. A shattered relationship can be painful when one party is unfaithful. God will grow Israel, be their God and Israel will be God’s people (3:23). Since God brought Israel out of Egypt and guided them, they have mostly remained disobedient and worshipped other gods.

But God still loved Israel and wanted to be their God. Sometimes it is easy to drift from God. When things are going well, I would be drifting away from Him almost without knowing. I am too busy to spend time in His word and soon I had not read His Word of 2 or 3 days. I now set an alarm for 8:30 pm as a reminder. During this coming week, rate yourself as following, drifting or not following regarding your relationship with God. Work this week on growing, returning or restoring your relationship with Him. Use verses 2: 19, 20 as a reference. This Easter can be the starting point of a relationship with God. He sent His son Jesus to die for our sins. Christmas is always nice to celebrate but Hs death and resurrection is the focal point of knowing Him personally. Ask Jesus to be part our life. A relationship which He desires is beyond church, traditions and just reading the Bible. Attend your church or a friend’s church this Easter.    HAPPY EASTER!!

Published by groundedandgrowingweekly

About the Author Dale Hansen is retired and enjoys inspiring others through his books. He enjoys leading small Bible study groups which he has done for over 35 years. During his marriage of over 40 years, there have been numerous God workings through their lives. These include infertility, adoption, cancer, kidney stones and Parkinson’s. He has two awesome married daughters, 2 great sons-in-law and four wonderful grandsons. He lives in Plainfield, IL

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