by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Readings: Hosea 6:1-9:17; Proverbs 29:12-14
READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Hosea 6:4 “What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away.”
Through the prophet Hosea, God lamented upon the hearts of His people, whose love was like a “morning cloud, like dew that goes early away”. We can say what we want with our lips or do what is necessary to gather praise; but the Lord is clear as day upon how we truly feel inside our hearts. Is our love for Him like the morning cloud? Or are we steadfast in our love for the Lord as He so desires? In some ways, it is heartening to know that God desires steadfast love even as He loves us first. He is not treating our relationship with Him like some like to do – merely transactional and like a barter trade.
How is my love for my Lord? I must confess that it is not steadfast all the time and need the grace of God to help me. I can recall moments in my life when at one moment, I can be in such passion for the Lord but at the next moment, I chose to withdraw! Oh how wretched and flippant is my soul! The human condition is truly in need of salvation and being saved each and every day. I thank God that I still hear His voice in convicting me to change for the better. May He who is able help me to be more steadfast in my love for Him; He who loves me in much much greater measure.
Lord our God, you know our hearts. Help us to cultivate steadfast love through in the Spirit and in truth. Amen.