Daily Devotion Saturday July 22, 2017
“Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears”
I have had many experiences at my boyhood age while shepherding my father’s flock. One that I would never forget is taking the goats and sheep for pasture early in the morning—especially during spring. When my father’s flocks were many, we used to take them for pasture in the grazing areas in the afternoon after returning from school. When the goats and the sheep became few, instead of taking them for pasture in the community grazing areas in the afternoon, we would tether them early in the morning in the surrounding fields.
During spring (wet or rainy season), this wasn’t a pleasant job because there would be lots of dew on grasses and shrubs that were usually taller than us. So, the dew often made us wet. Besides, the dew usually would be too cold that one would dare to touch. However, the dew doesn’t last long, it is short lived. As the sun keeps rising and its heat gets strong by day, the dew disappears. Also, you can hardly get much or any dew during summer (dry season), this means dew is largely seasonal.
As short lived and seasonal as dew is was Israel’s love for God. Their love for God wasn’t as lasting as God’s love for them. Their love was seasonal as opposed to the all-time love of God to them. This dew-like—on and off—kind of love didn’t and doesn’t please the Lord. He decried the dew-like love of Israel and Judah:
“What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the dew that disappears” (Hosea 6:4).
The dew-like love for God isn’t just a problem of the then Ephraim and Judah, it is a human problem—you and I aren’t exceptional. However, God desires and calls us to a continued growing relationship with him, a relationship characterised by faithfulness. In the book of Hosea, God has demonstrated that His Love for Israel was unfading despite Israel’s unfaithfulness. Israel did to God the exact opposite of what God did for them—they didn’t love God, and if they did, it was dew-like love that was short-lived and seasonal.
“God desires and calls us to a continued growing relationship with him, a relationship characterised by faithfulness.”
We aren’t any different from Israel whom God charged:
“There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land” (Hosea 4:1).
Is your relationship with God any better than you first believed and or first acknowledged God? Are you daily growing towards Christ-likeness? Are there some obstacles that seem to make you fall down and grow cold in your love for God? Do you see your love for God any better than the dew-like love?
There is an increasing lack of acknowledgement of God in our time. Sadly, there are quite many churchmen and women who no longer point people to God just because they too don’t acknowledge God. Booming churches have become material-centred than Christ-centred with more talk on blessings and prosperity and less focus on Christ. Many churches are becoming dysfunctional, others aren’t churches anymore – they either are social clubs or a form of a religious civil society. The love for Christ has grown cold in many individual Christians and congregations. In this case, we cannot prove innocent of this charge against the church in Ephesus as in Revelation 2:4.
“You have forsaken the love you had at first.”
God is therefore calling you to; “Consider how far you have fallen!” and to “Repent and do the things you did at first.” And, “if you don’t repent,” he says, “I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” Far it be from us that the Lord should remove away the lampstand from us lest we become separated from him eternally.
Therefore; “Let us return to the LORD… After two days, he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge him” (Hosea 6:1-3). Let our love for God be more than dew-like. Amen! Rev. J
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