BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."
Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.
Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow in
Our rebelliousness only highights the magnitude of God's love. We see that here. A catalogue of Israel's sins is interspersed with a description of the many blessings God had given. And although God warns of the judgment that fell with the exile of the northern and southern kingdoms, he also promises that in the end, because of his great love, those who return to him will be forgiven, redeemed from death itself, and brought to enjoy a life of abundance. What encouragement, when we sin, that with repentance comes grace unending. As you read note the many blessings God gives or promises.
Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.
Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.