Wednesday, July 20, 2011

As Fleeting as a Cloud

"Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away." The prophet Hosea in chapter 6 declares that our faithfulness is at best short-lived, here for a moment, and gone the next. Our steadfast devotion isn't. Like the children of Israel in the wilderness, we quickly forget yesterday's blessings in the face of today's pressures.

The bad news is that we prove ourselves to be set on wandering and disobedience. As a result we hope to earn divine favor with external offerings rather than willing obedience. "I desire steadfast love (or mercy) and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings."

The good news is that pleasing God is possible! "God delights in truth in the inward being, and He teaches wisdom in the secret heart." (Psalm 51:6) He enables us to know Him and to be capable of loving Him "with all of our heart, soul and mind." (Matthew 22:37) "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10)

We can have an ideal weather forecast. That very pleasant morning cloud and early dew can linger, and is intended to protect us and remain with us even in spite of turbulent conditions!

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