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‘Come On Home’ (Hos. 2) by @yinkaakinwale #LAFruits Devotional

August: FINANCIAL FRUITFULNESS
Reading: Psalm 149, Hosea 2
@thelafamily August 3

 

Come On Home

TEXT: “She shall pursue her lovers but not overtake them, and she shall seek them but shall not find them. Then she shall say, ‘I will go and return to my first husband, for it was better for me then than now.” Hosea 2:7 (ESV)

My parents owned two cars – a Peugeot 505 saloon car and a Volkswagen Beetle. Both were in excellent shape, and as a child, I had loved both cars. But then as I began to grow older, I became aware of social class, status and one’s image in society. I soon realized that the VW Beetle I once adored was viewed by society as a “run-down car for poor people” and developed an inferiority complex. Whenever my parents suggested that we go out in it I would literally cringe, especially when we they took me to school! A vehicle that had once been a symbol of comfort and testimony of God’s provision had now become a source of shame and displeasure to me.

As believers, most of us start our journey of faith like I did with my parents’ cars – oblivious of other worldly attractions, and excitedly craving the milk of God’s word (1 Peter 2:2). Then, we come of age and begin to see life a little differently. Questions arise, complexes develop, and all of a sudden God’s ways don’t seem ‘enough’ to satisfy our material, emotional and spiritual needs. And so we turn away from God and take solace in anything that can appeal more to our senses a – Science, Technology, the Arts or even Sports. Anything to numb the pain and hollow we are feeling. In our rebellion, we quickly forget that God is the source of all blessing, sustenance and meaning.

The appeals of society will never satisfy our cravings for ‘more’. When we have questions, the answers are still found in Him. Those who look to the Lord’s face will always become radiant themselves (Psalm 34:5).

LEARN and APPLY: When we know that all our answers are in Jesus (2 Cor. 4:6), will we begin to reap the fruitfulness.

Pray: Dear Lord, thank You for the conviction of your Spirit, which reminds me that only You are my true source. I re-dedicate my life and times to you today. I love you. Amen

Written by Yinka Akinwale (@yinkaakinwale) of @thelafamily