December 6

Hosea 4:1-5:152 John 1:1-13; Psalm 125:1-5; Proverbs 29:9-11

Faithfulness, kindness and knowledge of God were the 3 areas that Israel had failed. Israel’s deficiencies in these areas led them to all manner of evil. We often look for complicated formulas for success in life when God’s way is very simple: remain faithful to God, be kind to one another and learn as much as you can about God and share it.

The foundation of each of these expectations is that we do our part. Often we want to look at other people and point out their short-comings. We fulfill our commitments based on how others treat us. This is the opposite of what God expects. If no one else is faithful to God, I should be. If no one else is kind, I should be. If no one else is growing, I should be. If no one else is sharing his or her faith, I should be.

This level of personal responsibility for our walk with God removes all excuses and blame. God is looking for each one of us to live our lives faithfully to Him– that means renouncing all other gods or idols and remaining true to Him. Then, God wants us to demonstrate kindness to everyone we meet– even those who do not like us. Lastly, God wants us to know Him and spread His Name so that others will come to know Him.

We all can do this and it will bring great honor to our God!

Tomorrow’s Reading:  Hosea 6:1-9:17; 3 John 1:1-14; Psalm 126:1-6; Proverbs 29:12-14

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