Topic: What Can’t You Give Up? [Our Daily Bread 16 January 2019 Devotional]
Bible in a Year: Genesis 41–42; Matthew 12:1–23
[Nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God. – Romans 8:39
Today’s Scripture & Insight: Hosea 11:8-11
“What’s one thing you can’t give up?” the radio host asked. Listeners called in with some interesting answers. Some mentioned their families, including a husband who shared memories of a deceased wife. Others shared they can’t give up on their dreams, such as making a living in music or becoming a mother. All of us have something we treasure dearly—a person, a passion, a possession—something we can’t give up.
In the book of Hosea, God tells us that He won’t give up on His chosen people Israel, His treasured possession. As Israel’s loving husband, God provided her with everything she needed: land, food, drink, clothing, and security. Yet like an adulterous spouse, Israel rejected God and sought her happiness and security elsewhere. The more God pursued her, the further she drifted away (Hosea 11:2). However, though she had hurt Him deeply, He would not give her up (v. 8). He would discipline Israel so as to redeem her; His desire was to re-establish His relationship with her (v. 11).
Today, all God’s children can have the same assurance: His love for us is a love that will never let us go (Romans 8:37–39). If we’ve wandered from Him, He yearns for us to return. When God disciplines us, we can be comforted that it’s a sign of His pursuit, not of His rejection. We are His treasure; He won’t give up on us.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love that never gives up on me. Help me to love You wholeheartedly.
If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Our Daily Bread Devotionals HERE”
This message was written By Poh Fang Chia [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]