Rescued

October 13, 2020
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Recently, I visited the Humane Society to see their dogs. I found an aptly named, cute little golden Cairn terrier girl that had been recently surrendered. I put in an application for Sunny that was approved within a week. I paid the required fee and brought her home the next day. Once here, she settled at my feet as I read how Hosea paid the required fee for his wife Gomer and brought her home.

Hosea 3:1-2 – Then the Lord said to me, "Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them." So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver and five bushels of barley and a measure of wine. (NLT)

God's point was that He still loved Israel, though she was playing the whore by worshipping idols. She was apostate. What offended God most was Israel's wanton whoredom through worshipping pagan gods. Therefore, God was going to deal with her.

So, what's the point for today? My friends, societies that were previously shaped by Christian principles have forgotten God and His laws. We've run amuck after every whim of the flesh. We're no better than Hosea's wife. Although God sent Hosea to warn Israel, his message is for every age and every place where people forget God and give in to their own desires. In a misguided attempt to be loving, many churches have adopted political correctness, rather than the authority of Scripture. We Christians must change our ways. We must live according to the guidance of Scripture. We must stop rationalizing our moral choices as being the way God created us. Let's not buy that lie. We make our choices. We must change our course before it's too late.

Christians make up a large segment of society. If we truly love those who have gone astray, in the way God called Hosea to love those who had gone astray, we can influence the future direction of society by the choices each of us makes. We don't have to listen to, read, or view what's contrary to Scripture. We can tune our radio or television to programs with good moral principles, and read Christian books — and serve as salt and light, as Jesus calls us to be.

Prayer: Lord God, we've truly messed up. We've left Your awesome way to follow after our own desires. We confess our sin and plead for Your mercy, grace, and forgiveness, for Jesus' sake. Enable us to practice what we preach. Amen.


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    AMEN!!!


    Amen, Cass.


    Thank you, Cassandra. I totally agree!


    Thank you, Cassandra, for a timely, true, and firm message.


    So true Sandy.
    Blessings.


    AMEN!!! and thank you.
    (Texas)


    Thanks, Cassandra for a wonderful challenge and prayer today.


    Amen Cassandra!
    Thanks for sharing, we must return to our first love. God bless you and your ministry.


    Good morning Cassandra, I can only say Amen to your devotional.
    Thanks for thought provoking statements.
    Have a blessed day.


    Amen to these words of wisdom Cass!
    Congratulations on your new little friend. I hope she turns out to be a wonderful companion for you. I have a rescue too. A black and tan corgi, blue heeler cross.
    Blessings.


    Hello Cassandra,
    Thank you for this very mindful devotional today. You make a very important emphasis on the path we need to take in our daily lives.
    Blessings to you for writing.
    (B.C)


    Hi Cassandra,
    Such a great devotional today. Thank you for this imperative reminder to not compromise on the Word of God and His laws, especially with the broken state of the world that we are currently all enduring. And how wonderful that you rescued a pup! Sunny – what a sweet name!
    Blessings.


    This message hits home as my husband and I struggle with the theology of the church we attend locally.
    Since COVID-19 we have been watching online services from outside of Canada, which present the gospel very clearly, stressing a personal relationship with Christ.
    We have found uplift and strength for our faith, through the music, the reading of the Word and the “precept upon precept” preaching.
    Your thoughtful devotional is timely and appreciated.
    (BC)


    Good morning Cassandra. I love your devotional today. I could not agree with you more about the paragraph that begins, “In a misguided attempt to be loving, many churches have adopted political correctness, rather than the authority of Scripture.” You can see the trend. It is most worrying to a lot of us. Thank you for writing this appropriate devotional for the time we live in. Blessings.


    Dead on Casandra. Would that more would have the courage of their convictions to speak up.


    This also applies to countries today as it did to Israel.
    Only our “idols” are different, isolationism, us first, too bad about you.
    Money, Power, lowering ethical values and more.

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