Coming Home

It was never really an option

Hosea 11:1-12

Reference: “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah?How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. (Hosea 11:8 NIV)

Explore: When our foster daughter was eighteen she decided that the rules of our house were too restrictive to obey. After months of arguments and rebellion she moved out.

She had a year of parties, drugs and independence and then returned home – broke, depressed and pregnant.

Our friends revered us for taking her back, but for me it was never really an option. We were still her family and I knew that our home was the best place for her to be.

Application: While these times were incredibly challenging for us, they reminded me of the love that our Heavenly Father has for us. We find His laws too restrictive, and so, we go our own way. Only to find ourselves lost and hopeless.

God’s love for us goes far beyond my understanding. But I am thankful for it every single day.

Prayer: Lord, may Your love surround me and bring me back home to You. Amen.

Have you wandered from God’s home?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.