Daily Devotion: Remember Who Loves You

RememberHosea 13: 4-6— I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from your slavery in Egypt. You have no God but me, for there is no other savior. I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land. But when you had eaten and were satisfied, then you became proud and forgot me.  Is this the story of your life?  It was the story of Israel—a cycle of desperately needing the Lord, then once we are safe, full, and satisfied, we forget.  And forgetting, we fall into sin.

The Lord rescued us from slavery and set us free. It breaks His heart to see us slip back into self-destructive bondage, harming our lives and hurting those we love.

But God sees your misery, hears your cries, and cares about your suffering. His desire is to free you. Whatever has enslaved you—drug addiction, cigarettes, pornography, food, alcohol, sexual sin, adultery, or a hardened heart—Jesus came to free you from the oppression that controls your life.

 In the wilderness, when you felt alone, lost and afraid, God was with you. His complaint against the children of Israel was not their human frailties or weaknesses.  He can deal with that.  It was their pride that made them forget who rescued them, who loves them, who set them free.

Forget, fall into sin, and start the whole cycle over.

But the cycle can be broken with one moment of surrender, of swallowed pride, and abandoning oneself to the love of God.  He never turns away a repentant sinner.  He never fails to welcome home a prodigal son, daughter, or nation.  All He asks is that we will remember.

 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you." —Luke 22:19-20