Prayer: Meet us where we are, Jesus, and show us your love. Amen.
Reading: Hosea 1:2-10 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: I had a hard time reading this passage and believing that God said to Hosea in the opening line of this passage. But, I also know that the Old Testament is full of stories where God is a vengeful God and so maybe that is what is also happening here. I can’t imagine God saying today that we should go do what God told Hosea in this passage.
I’m reading a book that supposes Jesus came to modern day earth instead of coming over 2000 years ago. The book puts a modern twist on the stories of Jesus walking the earth (like being born in a Motel 6) but the premise is the same. Jesus came to save. In looking at this passage from Hosea, I think of that book and how God comes to us wherever we are. Sometimes, God has to get us to understand God’s ways by using our current circumstances. Maybe that’s what is happening here.
You’ve read in these devotions about how our camper are learning about Jesus meeting us in everyday life. Here’s hoping that you see Jesus come to you today, in your circumstances, and He reminds you that He is with you always and loves you a great deal. –Chad Hershberger
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