Editor’s Note: The AMI QT Devotionals from Dec. 14-16 are written by Andrew Kim who is an intern at Radiance Christian Church (S.F.).
Devotional Thoughts for Today
2 When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you suddenly became famous and made your debut? Who would be there and what would you be doing? Messing up would not be an option since your precious reputation is on the line.
Well, for Hosea his first debut as a prophet involved scandalously marrying a promiscuous woman who would forever tarnish his reputation. Not what you would have in mind as the perfect debut by any means. Some scholars argue that this story is a metaphorical vision, but nowhere in the rest of the book do we see evidence of this. Reformed commentator John Calvin argues, “It is, in short, an exhibition… placed, as it were, before their eyes in a visible form”—meaning, God is actually calling Hosea to do the unthinkable. The decision to marry her would tarnish his reputation, honor, and even his family line. Why would anybody choose to go through with something like this? It was simple: the Lord said to go, and Hosea did.
I’m sure Hosea had some questions and weighed the costs of his obedience. But for Hosea, obeying God was worth more than his reputation, his comfort, and even more than his own understanding of the situation. Can you imagine if the Word of God had that much authority on your life? Hosea did not know that his marriage would resemble the marriage that Christ would have with His people. Jesus in the same way would display the greatest act of obedience at the cost of his life to save us.
So today, be mindful of showing the love of Christ to that coworker, fellow student or spouse who, perhaps, isn’t behaving as badly as Gomer, but is pretty annoying nonetheless. Pray first.
Jesus, thank You for sacrificing Your life for us. May we learn to trust and obey in Your Word alone. Speak to us today and may we have the ears to listen.
Bible Reading for Today: Ecclesiastes 3
Lunch Break Study
Read James 1:22-25: 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
Questions to Consider:
- What is James emphasizing in this passage?
- How are we deceived?
- What is the purpose of His Word?
- Simply hearing the Word through sermons and our daily QT’s is futile if we are not putting the Word into action. As disciples of Christ, we are called to outwardly respond to his Word in our lives.
- It’s like looking in a mirror and seeing all the blemishes but doing nothing to fix them because of distractions.
- Only the Word of God provides a true reflection of who we are and who we are called to be. In this freedom and obedience to His word, we are then spiritually blessed.
As you pray and meditate on His Word, how is He speaking to you today? Are you responding to His Word in obedience? Do you take heart to His Word and put them into action? Take some time to reflect.